Lakota’s Dull all alone at the top this year in Columbus

COLUMBUS — There is no tie this year, at least not on the scorecard, and that’s what matters most.

Kyleigh Dull overcame a three-stroke Day 1 deficit Saturday to capture the Division II golf title at the Ohio State University Gray course.

The Lakota junior fired a 3-under 67 Saturday to end with a 137, bettering co-runners-up Jami Morris of Shaker Heights Laurel and Casilda Allendesalazar of Canton Central Catholic by five strokes.

Gabby Woods of Clinton-Massie fired a 67 Friday to claim the Day 1 lead, but ended tied with Fairland’s Hanna Shrout for fourth at 143.

The 67s by both Dull and Woods tied the Division II state tournament record for a single round, with Dull’s 137 total finishing one stroke away from tying for the Division II state tournament record.

Sarah Willis of Eaton figures in both of those records. She took the 2016 state title with a 136, and shot a 67 on the second day of the 2017 tournament en route to her second state championship.

New Albany’s Madison Spiess also shot a 67 at the 2017 tournament.

Dull tied Morris for last year’s title after they ended regulation knotted at 147.

Saturday’s result gave her the title all alone, but also put her in an elite group.

She became just the sixth girl in Ohio history to claim two state golf titles, joining Willis (2016, ’17), Leavittsburg LaBrae’s Haylee Harford (2011, ’14), Lancaster’s Allie White (2006, ’07), Marysville’s Carly Truitt (2002, ’03) and Worthington Kilbourne’s Jessica Belskis (1994, ’95).

Dull is the first Lakota girl to capture two individual state championships, and the first Lakota athlete to claim state titles in back-to-back seasons in nearly 40 years. Arnold Scherger captured the 300 hurdles crowns at the 1979 and 1980 state track meets.

This year’s state crown also moved Dull, who finished fourth as a freshman before tying for last year’s crown, to the front of the family’s bragging rights.

Her sister Makayla Dull, who graduated in 2015, was a four-year All-Ohioan at Lakota. The elder Dull claimed the state title as a junior, took third as a senior, ended fifth as a sophomore and wound up 10th as a freshman.

Montgomery ties

for second at state

SUNBURY — The score inched up on the second day, but so did the place.

Upper Sandusky’s Brett Montgomery capped his golf career Saturday with a 5-over 77 to end in a tie for second overall at the Division II state golf tournament at NorthStar Golf Club.

The senior tied the Gahanna Columbus Academy duo of Russell Ahmed and Matthew Cammeyer with an overall score of 151 in his third trip to state.

Montgomery, who tied for 17th as a junior and tied for ninth as a sophomore, ended the first day tied for fourth after shooting a 74.

Tigers end 11th,

Forehand 16th

COLUMBUS — Seneca East finished 11th in its first trip to the Division III state golf tournament Saturday at the Ohio State University Scarlet course.

Jake Forehand led the Tigers by claiming 16th as an individual with a 161, shooting a 78 on Friday and an 83 on Saturday.

The Tigers carded a 726 after a 356 Friday and a 370 Saturday.

Andrew Kalb (90-93) and Andy Bauman (89-94) tied for 50th individually with twin 183s for Seneca East, and Turner Bridgford finished 66th with 199 (99-100). Jon Margraf (71st, 105-113-218) also played for Seneca East.

Hiland upended Wellington School 628-644 for the team title.