Dublin’s Sparling wins MRGA event at Liberty Hills



Dublin resident Nick Sparling defeated Andrew Eiler of Indianapolis in a one-hole, sudden death playoff to win the Mad River Golf Association Amateur Championship on Sunday at Liberty Hills Golf Club.

Both players carded 5-under two-round totals of 135. 

Sparling is a two-time Division I medalist in the Ohio high school state tournament. A graduate of Dublin Coffman, he will attend Ohio State this fall and will be a member of the school’s golf team.

Eiler is a senior at Butler University. He went 4-under par in his final three holes to take the first-round lead by two shots over Nick Sparling and his brother Jack Sparling, who is a junior at Miami University. 

Thomas Shindler of Dublin and Jack Sparling tied for third with 136. Satoshi Tanaka of Dublin was fifth with a 138, Brandon Hoelzer of Fremont was sixth with 140 and Dublin’s Logan Holt finished seventh with a 141.

Local resident Ken Day tied Fremont’s Connor Dudley for eighth with 142. Bellefontaine’s Nick Sieg and Sidney’s John Copella tied for 10th with 147.

Also of local interest, Bellefontaine’s Bud Eichholtz tied for 12th with 149, North Lewisburg’s Zachary Wischmeyer was 14th with a 151, Bellefontaine’s Bob Hughes was 16th with a 154, Zanesfield’s Shawn Bechtel finished 17th with a 155 and Bellefontaine’s Mike McGarry was 18th with 159.