By MARC TOBIAS
When you have your top four golfers all make the Midwest Athletic
Conference first team, then it’s probably a pretty safe
bet that you’ll also win the conference team title.
That’s exactly what Versailles did at the Fox’s
Den in Celina on Saturday, as the Tigers shot a team score of
315, which bettered second-place St. Henry by 19 strokes.
Devin Chrisman led the Tigers and was the tourney’s medalist
with a round of 73. Nick Selhorst shot a 79, Max Frey an 80
and Matt Barton an 83 to join Chrisman on the MAC first team.
Ryan Schlater and Luke Landis both shot 88 for the Tigers to
make second team all-MAC.
“I’m real happy with what we shot,” said Versailles
coach Peter DiSalvo. “I have a couple guys I left at home
that are as good as some of the guys here, the toughest thing
for some of these guys is making the top six.”
DiSalvo added his team has the potential to go to state.
“I think we can get to district without too much trouble,”
Di-Salbo said. “We’d like to do well, and maybe
get to Columbus.”
“I would take what we shot today and mail it in, because
you get to the district and a lot of times the weather’s
bad and there’s a lot of pressure,” DiSalvo added.
Chrisman shot a two-under par 34 on the front nine, and was
three-under at one point on the back nine, unfortunately, the
Tigers’ ace bogeyed four of the last five holes to finish
“He was medalist here in the Celina meet, I think he shot
70 in that, so I think he likes the course,” DiSalvo said.
Scoring conditions appeared to be near perfect on Saturday,
with most players stating the only real obstacle was the rough.
“I wasn’t in the rough too much,” Chrisman
said with a laugh.
St. Henry placed second with a 334 total, followed by St. John’s
with a 338, Minster’s 352 and Coldwater’s 358. New
Bremen tied Parkway for sixth at 359, followed by New Knoxville
360 Marion Local 373 and Fort Recovery 423.
St. John’s golfer Matt Webb was runner-up to Chrisman,
as he was just one shot behind with a 74.
“I’m pretty happy, I made a lot of putts and hit
fairways and greens and just played well today,” Webb
“That’s the best round he’s had since his
first round as a freshman,” said St. John’s coach
Tom Rekart. “He’s always had the potential, but
he’s had trouble finishing rounds, but today he got off
to a good start, putted well, kept it on the golf course and
put up a good number.”
St. Henry’s Matt Dippold was a first-team MAC selection,
and was one of four players to break 80, as he shot a 79.
“I didn’t start very well because on the front I
had two triple’s (bogey’s), but I came back strong
on the back side and shot a 36,” Dippold said.
Dippold tripled the fifth when he hit a ball in the water, and
the eighth when he went out of bounds.
“I just started making pars, I made a par on nine after
that triple, and then I had seven pars on back, one birdie and
one bogey,” Dippold said. “I’m pretty happy
with the way I finished, just wish I could have done a little
better on the front.”
Bremen’s Josh Richardson, St. John’s Adam Ricker
and Minster’s Greg Reithman tied for sixth, as all three
fired an 81 to make the MAC first team.
“I got in the heather on the front side, and took a couple
strokes to get out of that, so I could have shot better than
that,” Richardson said. “It was playing kind of
rough in the heather, the greens were kind of dry and pretty
fast. The pin placements were fairly tough, but some of them
were in some fairly easy spots.”
Other first team MAC selections were Coldwater’s Adam
Evers, Parkway’s Trevor Krogman and St. Henry’s
Second team all-MAC honors went to Coldwater’s Matt Harting,
New Knoxville’s Scott Williams and Jason Shaffer, Marion
Local’s Tony Brunswick, St. Henry’s Kyle Uhlenhake,
Matt Kremer, Corey Gerlach and Jay Woeste, and Minster’s
Honorable mention awards went to New Bremen’s Scott Schmiesing
and Craig Eiting, St. John’s Chad Reynolds, Parkway’s
Austin Heath and Brian Shaffer, and Marion Local’s Adam