VANDALIA — The conditions weren’t ideal – in fact they weren’t very good at all – but that didn’t faze Butler golfer Zach Crawford as he shot a 72 to lead the Aviators to a second place finish at the Butler Invitational at Cassel Hills Golf Course on Saturday.
Lakota East was the overall winner with a 304, Butler was second with a 309, followed by Springboro (328) and Troy (336). Ten teams competed in the tournament.
“It was cold, wet, and miserable,” said Butler head coach Scott Hadder. “Even in bad weather we shot pretty good.”
Crawford had the low score for Butler with a 72 which was the overall low score for the tournament. He was followed by Gannon Godsey (77), A.J. Lawrence (78), Austin Greaser (82), and Jack Herbst (90).
“We shot pretty decent for us for as bad as it was,” said Hadder. “It was a good test for mudding through.”
He said the conditions will help the Aviators prepare for the upcoming tournament run – one they hope leads to a state berth in Columbus in late October.
“You don’t always get to play golf in good weather,” said Hadder. “We got lucky with the sectional weather but there will be a tournament coming where it will be wet at 45 degrees. Saturday helped us prepare for that.”
The Aviators will compete in the Dayton sectional tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Beavercreek Golf Course. The top four teams and the top four individuals not on a team qualify for district. The district tournament is Thursday, Oct. 15 at Weatherwax Golf Course.