Brookfield, JFK’s Graham in good position after first day

The area Division III boys golf contingent made a statement after the first day of state tournament play at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury.

Brookfield is fourth after the first day with 333, while John F. Kennedy sophomore Jimmy Graham is tied for 12th with Columbiana’s Seth Ross at 79.

Graham shot 39 on the front nine, while carding 40 on the back.

Graham tees off at 10:40 a.m. today with Joshah Rager of Van Wert Lincolnview and Brad Gottemoeller of  Fort Loramie.

Cincinnati Seven Hills leads with 319, while Van Buren is second with 328.

Columbiana is only a stroke ahead of Brookfield at 332.

Columbiana’s Jared Wilson and Cole Thomas lead the pack with 71.

Brookfield, which won Division III sectional and district titles this season, had a tight-knit group in its top four.

The Warriors were led by a pair of freshmen — Conner Stevens and Justin Atkinson. Stevens shot 41 on the front and 40 on the back, while Atkinson carded 41 on the front and 42 on the back.

Junior Nate Smoot had the low nine of the group with 38 on the front, but came back with 47 on the back for 85.

Senior Bryce Schell had 40 on the front and 44 on the back for 84, while fellow senior Jake Bower rounded out the five with 55-52–107.

Team scores are determined from the top four golfers.

Stevens is in 16th place.

Brookfield’s one through five golfers tee off today from 9 to 9:40 a.m., with other golfers from Kalida and Cincinnati Country Day.

Cincinnati Country Day is fifth (334), while Kalida is sixth (338).

Poland’s girls are ninth in the Division II girls state tournament at The Ohio State University Gray Course with 380.

Poland’s Gina Ungaro, who is tied for 37th, lead the Bulldogs with 89.

Independence leads the team standings with 328, while Milan Edison is second (331).

Shelby’s Alexis Jones and Eatons’s Sarah Willis are tied for first with 68.

Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas leads the Division II boys state tournament with 312, while Sugarcreek Garaway is second (323).

Bexley’s Trevor Binau and Archbishop McNicholas’ Ty DeBonis are tied for first at 73.