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Lyons advances for BHS golfers

Cody Lyons got off to a strong start at the Division I boys sectional golf tournament Wednesday and held on to earn an individual spot at next week’s district tournament.

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Bellefontaine’s Cody Lyons watches his shot from the tee box during the Division I sectional tournament Wednesday at Reid Golf Course in Springfield. Lyons qualified as an individual to next week’s district tournament. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

The Bellefontaine junior grabbed one of four individual qualifying spots with a score of 78 at Reid Golf Course in Springfield. Lyons finished one under on the front nine with a 35 and then shot a 43 on the back nine.

“Cody rolled the ball well today on the greens,” said BHS boys golf coach Ryan Sawmiller. “He was flawless through nine holes at one under, but a few holes on the back nine got him a little.

“However, he made a nice eight footer for par on 18 to secure the third spot. This kept him out of a four-way playoff, where the three golfers with 79 scores played for that fourth and final spot.”

The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament next Thursday at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown.

Tecumseh won the sectional championship with a score of 324, while Troy edged Beavercreek 330-331 on a fifth-man tiebeaker to take second. Tippecanoe grabbed the last qualifying spot with a 337.

Xenia finished fifth with a 343 and Bellefontaine took sixth with 345. The Chieftains finish the season with a 34-29 record.

Also for the Chiefs, Cody Hullinger had an 86, Travis Fowler carded an 89, while Landyn Butler and Nate Langenfeld both recorded 92s.

Nick Seitz of Carroll was tournament medalist with a low of 72. Aaron Hrabik of Xenia was the second individual qualifier with a 77 and Spencer Meredith of Wilmington won a playoff for the fourth individual qualifying spot with a 79.

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