Rams’ Montgomery set for final HS tourney

UPPER SANDUSKY — It’s been two years since Brett Montgomery played at the NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury.

That was when the Upper Sandusky senior was making his first state tournament appearance.

The then-sophomore shot a 72 on the first day, but then put up a 79 on the second and finished tied for ninth.

Today, Montgomery returns to Sunbury, making his third-consecutive Division II state tournament appearance.

For Montgomery, the memories of the experience two years ago remain.

And that’s good.

“I could probably go back and tell you each individual shot I hit from sophomore year,” he said. “So I think it’s an advantage, of having played there before with the atmosphere. That, and not a lot of other guys there have gotten to do it.”

Montgomery is the most decorated male golfer in the area. He has won the Northern 10 Conference tournament the last three years, and also is a three-time medalist at the district tournament.

Last season in the state meet at the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, Montgomery had scores of 76 and 86 and finished tied for 17th.

Montgomery said he felt pressure this season just to make it back to the tournament.

“Doing it sophomore and junior year, you’re expected to do it your senior year,” Montgomery said. “It shouldn’t always be that way, because you’re not the only one getting better. Everybody else is getting better. So…the expectation is for you to get to state; once you’ve done it once, you should be able to do it every time. But it’s not as easy as it sounds.”

Nonetheless, Montgomery did it.

Now, USHS coach Graham Treadway says the pressure should be off. The senior is a three-time state qualifier, and already has committed to the University of Akron.

“There’s a lot of great players down there. And to win it is one thing, which would be amazing, but to be in the top 10 is a great honor,” Treadway said. “So, just to put yourself in the hunt and to be in that top group in the second day, that’s all I’m expecting out of him. First place, second place, third place, that’s all great, but I just want him to go down and play two nice, fun rounds of golf.”

And while Montgomery didn’t harp on it, the idea of winning a state title still has entered his mind.

But it will require something.

“If my short game is good this weekend, I’ll put myself in good shape, but if my short game is great this weekend, I think I’ll have a great chance to win,” he said. “The course is so open and wide off the tee, if you put yourself in decent position, it all comes down to who’s getting up and down when they miss the green and who’s making putts when they have the opportunity to.”

Regardless of how he plays, Montgomery and Treadway know this is it for the standout’s prep career.

“I haven’t felt that yet. Something tells me midday Saturday it might start creeping into my mind,” Treadway said. “But, we’ve been so focused on making sure we’re ready for this week that I haven’t had too much time to think about it.”

Montgomery said he’s ready.

“I feel as prepared as I am for any tournament,” he said. “I hit the ball well this week, (played) a lot of golf, but for the most part just taking it easy. I don’t have a lot of expectations this week. I just want to go in and it’s all about having fun, playing golf, and enjoying the experience.

“If I go and play the golf I know I should play, it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

The tournament starts at 9 a.m. today.