SPRINGBORO — Andy Steed did his job.
Clinton-Massie boys golf coach Phil Larrick believed a score around even par would be in consideration of a trip to the boys state golf tournament.
He was right.
Steed’s 1-over par score was one excruciating shot off the even par score of the two individual state qualifiers from Tuesday’s Division II Southwest District golf tournament at Heatherwoode Golf Course.
“Course was in fantastic condition but is a very difficult course,” Clinton-Massie coach Phil Larrick said.
Steed had a 72, shooting 36 on the front nine then making the turn and finishing with a 36 on the back nine. He had four birdies and five bogeys in his round on the 6,386-yard Warren County layout.
“It was absolutely heartbreaking to see Andy fall one shot short of having a chance to get in a playoff, especially after birdieing the 18th hole,” said Larrick. “I am sure a 1-over par round would qualify him in most districts.”
East Clinton’s Nathan Ellis had an 84 (47-37) and finished 31st among all golfers.
Alter won the tournament with a 300 total while Cincinnati Wyoming was runnerup at 319. Madeira (322), Mariemont (323) and Indian Hill (323) were right behind the first two.
“We knew going in basically 11 teams were fighting for one spot,” Larrick said. “Kettering Alter’s golf program is where we can only hope to be and easily won.”
Greeneview had 329 and placed sixth while Clinton-Massie was seventh with a 338.
Owen Goodwin, a sophomore like Steed, had 86 (45-41) as did junior Logan Miller (41-45). Conner Stulz, a senior, had 94 (50-44) while junior Cam Morgan had 95 (50-45).