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Front-nine struggles plague Sims on final day at state

After an opening-round 78 on Friday, West Liberty-Salem’s Nick Sims was in position to make noise going into the final round at the Division III state golf tournament Saturday at North Star Golf Club in Sunbury.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Nick Sims watches a putt on the 11th hole Saturday at North Star Golf Club in Sunbury during the final round of the Division III state tournament. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

However, a rough front nine prevented the WL-Salem sophomore from landing a spot among the top 10 individuals.

Sims, who was tied for seventh heading into the final round, shot an 88 to finish in a tie for 28th at 166. There were 72 golfers in the tournament.

Struggling to find his swing, Sims had a 46 on the front nine Saturday. He improved on the back nine to card a 42.

“For whatever reason, Nick could not make a good swing on the front nine,” said WL-Salem head coach Darrin Leichty. “By the time he got to the back nine he got it figured out, but it was too late to make up ground. 

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