Louis Fahrbach is on a mission.
The Northwood senior golfer, a three-time district qualifier, has yet to make it to the Division III state tournament and this is his last chance.
On Thursday, Fahrbach competed in the Division III sectional tournament at Green Hills in Clyde looking to advance to the district tournament at Stone Ridge in Bowling Green.
The 6-0, 170-pound Fahrbach has spent the entire 2009 season preparing for the sectional.
"I feel pretty confident on the (Green Hills) course," he said. "I was first-team all-sectional the last three years. It's going to be cold out there, so hopefully I'll be warm enough and stay loose and not get too tight. It should be fine. I'm ready."
He got the job done. Farhbach was third individually with an 80 and qualified for the district meet October 8 at Stone Ridge. He accomplished this, even though his team was seventh and did not advance.
As a freshman, Fahrbach missed out on making it out of the district and on to the state meet after losing in a playoff. Last year, he missed the cut for the state tournament by one stroke.
"I like his chances," Northwood coach Reese Snyder said. "He should do really well. I told him he needs 75-75 to get to Columbus. If he can to that Thursday, he should be able to get to Columbus."
Fahrbach was the best golfer in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference this season. He led the TAAC with a school-record 35.5 stroke average, breaking the school record held by Eric Scherer. Fahrbach's overall stroke average is around 36.5.
"He's got a great work ethic," Snyder said. "He really works hard at the game. When you see golf demeanor at the professional level, you see him do some of the same stuff. He manages his bag very well. His strength is probably his short game. He's lived on the golf course since around the fifth or sixth grade at Chippewa, and he's been playing ever since. He's a great kid. I wish I had more like him."
Fahrbach, the only golfer in his family, started playing at age 5. His grandfather, Paul Tritch, used to take him to play Putt-Putt after church during the summer. After his grandfather passed away, his grandmother, Carolyn, took him to take golf lessons in Fremont.
"After that, I was a member at Chippewa for five or six years," Fahrbach said. "I'd get dropped off in the morning and not get picked up until night time. I have (Chippewa) member friends out there who really helped me out a lot."
Fahrbach's senior season has gone well. In Northwood's first tournament, at Tamaron, he shot a 1-under 69 to take second at the St. Francis Knight Invitational. He was the medalist at Sycamore at the Golden Bear Invitational, shooting a 4-over 74. He then shot a 2-under 70 at the Wildcat Invitational at Forrest Creason in Bowling Green.
Fahrbach shot a 2-under 70 at the Bomber Invitational in Edon, and he was the medalist at the TAAC tournament at Detwiler, shooting a 2-over 73.
"My iron play has definitely gotten better over the last year," he said. "I worked a lot on my irons this past year and on my swing. Mentally I got a little better this year, just dissecting the holes a little bit better. I got stronger over the offseason as far as working out and continuing playing during the winter time and all my summer tournaments. It sort of makes the high school season seem like a breeze."
Fahrbach played in about half of the events this summer in the Toledo Junior Golf League, and he qualified for that league's year-end invitational. He was also the runner-up for player of the year in the Central Ohio Golfers Association.
The big fish - the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament - is still out there for Fahrbach to try to reel in.
"Ever since my freshman year it's really been a goal of mine to get to Columbus," Fahrbach said. "I missed it in a playoff my freshman year, and I didn't play basketball all throughout high school to try to get better and to try to play college golf. That's what I've wanted to do.