By Susan Jenior
The Waterloo Vikings missed qualifying for the district tournament at the Riverview Division III Sectional by one stroke on Wednesday.
Painfully, just one stroke.
However, Jackson Eichler, a senior, qualified for the district at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance on Oct. 8, grabbing the first of three individual-qualifying spots.
Eichler fired a 76.
“We knew today was going to be competitive with so many teams capable of shooting low scores,” said Matt Flanagan, coach of the Vikings. “Our team needed to show up and compete today, and I am so proud of how they responded.”
Four of the five players shot or tied season-low scores, including Eichler’s 76.
“Trevor Simons improved on last year’s sectional score by shooting 78, senior Drew Flarida shot a career low 84,” Flanagan said. “Both brought their best game on the right day.”
Flanagan only had praise for his senior advancing to district.
“Jackson Eichler planted these seeds for success after his sophomore year,” said Flanagan. “He started playing in a number of summer tournaments and wanted the distinction of being our No. 1, so he put in hours at the range and on the course.
“All of this hard work has turned into the success he saw this season. He is very deserving of representing the Vikings at the district tournament.”
After four tournaments, the Suburban League completed conference play at Brookledge Golf Club in Cuyahoga Falls on Wednesday.
In the American Conference, Medina Highland (304) maintained the lead it built up throughout the season, finishing in first place.
The Aurora Greenmen (340) and Roosevelt Riders (353) earned second and third place, respectively.
Isabella Goyette, of Highland, took home medalist honors, firing a 73, closely followed by Brooklyn Millard, of Aurora, who carded a 74.
Gracyn Vidovic helped Aurora to its runner-up position by carding a 79.
The Riders were led by Maddie Kost (82) and Izzi Wood (87) on their way to a 353 total score.