It’s all well and good that Dorian Boggs became the only coach to lead Lake to its first conference golf championship in school history.
However, Boggs, an assistant coach with the Flyers under Terry Tansel last season, doesn’t want to take any of the credit. All of the accolades, he said, should go to the young golfers.
“It’s exciting,” he said, “but I’ve coached baseball and football, and years ago I coached basketball,” Boggs said. “You have more bearing over the game (coaching-wise) in those sports than golf. The credit has to go to these kids. When it’s time to play, it’s all on them.”
This year’s team, which consists of seniors Jeff Wilson, Michael Kranz, Lucas Zeh and Nathan Ray, juniors Dylan Mauder and Ian Johnson, and freshman Owen Johnson, finished second behind defending champion Woodmore at last Thursday’s Northern Buckeye Conference tournament at Green Hills in Clyde.
The Wildcats shot 315 followed by Lake at 332, while Eastwood was fourth at 349.
“We played pretty well, but Woodmore just shot very well,” Boggs said. “It would have taken something major to beat them that day. The greens there are tough and we putted well enough that it didn’t hurt us maybe as much as some other schools. We were in second place going into the tournament, three points behind Eastwood. We thought we were going to have to win it and have somebody (finish) between us and Eastwood.”
Lake’s runner-up finish at the NBC tourney, combined with its performances in the regular-season NBC shootouts, allowed the Flyers to sneak in and win the overall title ahead of Eastwood and Woodmore, who tied for second. Points are awarded to each team based on their place at each shootout and at the conference tournament.
“We play four nine-hole shootouts and one league meet (18 holes),” Boggs said. “Eastwood won three shootouts and we won the league without winning an event. We finished second in every event, and in one shootout we finished third. We were rewarded for being the most consistent team.
“I felt we had a chance to be pretty good. If we could finish top two or three and win a shootout at our place (Chippewa), we would have a chance to win the league. We finished second in the shootout at our course.”
Ian Johnson and Kranz both earned first-team All-NBC honors, while Owen Johnson made the second team and Wilson and Mauder were honorable mention. Ian Johnson led the Flyers in scoring average (40.0) for nine holes this season.
“Ian had a very good season for us,” Boggs said. “He will finish in the top 10 in scoring average for the season (at Lake). He’s probably going to end up seventh or eighth. He’s a golf junkie. He’s the equivalent of the kid who sneaks into the gym and shoots basketball. We have a golf simulator here at school and he’s just pounding at the door to get in here.”
Owen Johnson had a 42.9 scoring average for nine holes.
“Owen is just steady,” Boggs said. “As he gets older, he’s going to be very good. He’s probably our steadiest golfer. Nothing too flashy, but he doesn’t get himself in a lot of trouble.”
Kranz and Wilson averaged 43.1 and 43.8 strokes, respectively, per nine holes this season.
“Michael is a kid who seems to rise to the occasion for us,” Boggs said. “He plays his best in big events. Jeff pounds the ball. He hits it farther than most people I’ve ever seen. When he’s on, he’s tough to beat. Hopefully he’s got a really good round in him for sectionals this week.”
Mauder and Zeh averaged 44.8 and 45.0, respectively.
“In the last 2-3 weeks Dylan’s swing has really come around,” Boggs said. “He’s consistent off the tee. He can be a really good golfer.”
Lake, which missed advancing to the district tournament last year by one stroke, will compete in the Division II sectional tournament on Thursday at Detwiler. The top three teams advance to districts.
“We’re going to have to play well,” Boggs said. “There are some very good teams there. If we play well, was have as good a shot as anyone. We’ve talked about how we were rewarded for being consistent this year, but at sectionals it’s just how you do on that day.”
Lake golfers, the Northern Buckeye Conference champions. Back: Dylan Mauder, Jeff Wilson, and Michael Kranz. Front: Lucas Zeh, Nathan Ray, Owen Johnson, and Ian Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Innovations Portrait Studio/www.innovationsvisualimpact.com)
Lake golfer Dylan Mauder, a third team All-Northern Buckeye Conference selection. (Photo courtesy of Innovations Portrait Studio/www.innovationsvisualimpact.com)
Lake golfer Lucas Zeh. (Photo courtesy of Innovations Portrait Studio/www.innovationsvisualimpact.com)