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    Tough conditions led to higher than normal scores but Independence’s golf team combined to shoot 363 to finish third at the Division III sectional tournament at Pine Hill Golf Course in Hinckley on Wednesday and earned a spot in next week’s district tournament at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.

    Nick Brunsman led the Blue Devils with an 82 and Tyler Wilson was one stroke behind him at 83. Andrew Teribery carded a 98 and Bobby Roddy rounded out the Blue Devils’ score card with an even 100.

    “We’re happy to move on,” said Independence coach Mark Echstenkamper. The conditions were tough. It rained a lot the night before so it was very wet. The fairways were very soft and the rough was pretty high and wet. It was tough conditions with a misty rain almost the entire round so the scores were high across the board in the tournament.”

    Brunsman was one over par on the final hole of the tournament and Wilson hit just three greens in regulation, but both managed to finish among the top five golfers.

    “Nick and Tyler were their normal pretty solid self,” Echstenkamper said. “Both of them would say they weren’t happy with their round. Tyler said he hit three fairways but he still made it to 83. Nick did a really nice job. He bogeyed the last hole, so he’s not happy with that. Our guys did what they had to do to get to the next level at districts.”

    Wilson focused on each individual shot to get through the tough round.

    “I concentrated on avoiding big numbers,” he said. “I realized everyone was in the same situation and kept on sawing wood. I’m relieved after having to scramble my way around the course and excited to go down as a team. Hopefully we can put up some good scores and see how it goes from there.”

    Echstenkamper was confident he’d get two of his three remaining golfers to score well enough to punch Independence’s ticket to districts. Joey Zamborsky didn’t score but he finished with a 103.

    “Joey Zamborsky is capable of shooting better as well,” Echstenkamper said. “I thought out of the three of them we could have gotten two scores at least in the low 90s or even the upper 80s. That would have made a huge difference. We could have been pushing Kirtland. They had a 340, a nice score, but we could have played a lot better. We lived to play another day and hopefully next week we’ll get it together and play better.”

    Kirtland won the sectional title with a 340 followed by second place Hillsdale with a 351.
     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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