The Columbus Academy boys and girls varsity golf teams both competed at the OHSAA Division II state championships over the course of two days on October 13-14, 2023.
Our varsity girls golf team made it back-to-back state titles as the Vikings totaled a two-round score of 620 (307-313), 17 strokes ahead of runner-up Sugarcreek Garaway. Academy's total score tied the overall Division II team record (620) on Ohio State's Gray Course, while the Vikes also posted a new single-round record (307).
Eva L. enjoyed yet another stellar result in her freshman campaign, not only leading Academy but also tying for second overall with a two-day score of 150 (75-75). Junior Caroline Z. wrapped up the tournament with a 154 (78-76), good for sixth place, while seniors Angela H. and Sydney F. tied for 12th with one another after tallying a 158. Sophomore Ella T. capped off the team score with a 189 to place all five Academy golfers inside the top-45 finishers.
“I am so proud of how the girls stayed mentally tough despite the challenging weather conditions,” said head coach Maggie Freytag after the win. “They believed in themselves, supported one another, and everyone contributed to the win! And a special shoutout to Ella for her hole-in-one!”
Since our varsity girl's program’s inception in 2019, the Vikes have had an incredible run under the direction of Coach Freytag winning two state crowns, three district titles and a trio of league titles.
On the boys side, it was the team's seventh-consecutive trip to the Division II state championships under head coach Craig Yakscoe after the Vikings won the Central District tournament. Academy totaled a two-day score of 654 (325-329) to finish third overall, just seven strokes behind state runner-up Cincinnati Wyoming. Archbishop Kettering Alter won the title with a score of 596.
Senior Matthew F. paced the Vikings with a 157 (81-76) to finish in a tie for 18th overall. Juniors Gavin M. (81-85) and Alex S. (83-83) each totaled a 166 to grab a share of 28th place, while sophomore Jack W. shot a 167 (80-87) to tie for 30th place and junior Ethan B. rounded out the field with a 175 (90-85) to place inside the top-45 finishers.
Since 2016, our varsity boys golf program has made seven appearances at the state championships, winning five of them and finishing runners-up once, while also having captured eight league championships in a row.