COLUMBUS — Neither a 1½-hour frost delay nor the program cover-boy jinx fazed Beau Titsworth on Saturday.
As a result, Lorain County secured its first Division I state champion in boys golf.
Titsworth tied for medalist honors Saturday at the 86th state tournament, shooting a final-round 78.
The St. Ignatius star was disappointed in himself for allowing Stow sophomore Ian Holt (73-77) to match him at 150, but took solace in reaching an individual goal.
“It’s good, but it didn’t feel that great at the same time just because I wanted the team to win,” Titsworth said.
Behind the Avon Lake resident’s efforts, the Wildcats shot 637 (318-319) to finish fifth, 14 strokes behind champion Dublin Jerome.
St. Ignatius finished third, third, second and fifth during Titsworth’s decorated career.
“(My career was) frustrating,” he said with a chuckle after goofing around during a team photo op. “I’ve always played well, but I haven’t scored well. It was kind of the same thing (today).”
The Oklahoma recruit began the day tied with Upper Arlington freshman Justin Wick, who stumbled badly with a final-day 85.
That left the individual race a two-man battle between Titsworth and Holt, who was one stroke off the pace to begin the day.
Titsworth extended the lead to four at the turn, but struggled down the stretch on the par-36 front nine. He bogeyed 10, 11 and 12 to allow Holt to claw his way back to just one down heading to the 17th.
Then disaster struck.
Titsworth found water off the tee — “it was a terrible tee shot,” he lamented — and was forced to scramble for bogey. That allowed Holt to play for a conservative par to tie the score, and both players took pars on No. 9 to end the day.
“I didn’t make anything, really,” Titsworth said. “I missed a lot of putts, and I didn’t give myself opportunities, either.
“I think I was trying to play protection golf and not staying aggressive. I just kept hitting it at the middle of the green, but I’d hit it at the wrong side of the middle.”
While Titsworth’s emotions revolved around a bittersweet day, Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder was thrilled to play her way into a second-team All-Ohio award.
The talented freshman shot a final-day 75, giving her a 187 total. She was one of just two freshmen named to an All-Ohio team, along with medalist Danielle Nicholson (73-70-143) from Geneva.
Schroeder’s round was fueled by a brilliant even-par front nine in which she birdied the par-4 7th.
“I tried to manage my shots more carefully, scope it out more and not be so careless,” she said. “I was pretty consistent all day. There were a few holes on the back nine where I had a few three-putts, but I knew I had to get through it.
“I can come back next year and hopefully do better. I’m getting used to a lot of people here. I’ll take everything positive out of this.”
Magnificat sophomore Ali Nageotte, a Westlake resident, finished third just six shots out of first after rounds of 74-75.
Brendan Aussem wasn’t as fortunate, as he couldn’t replicate his Friday magic en route to an 89. The Avon Lake junior finished tied for 35th after beginning the day just three strokes off Titsworth and Wick’s lead.
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Team Results: Dublin Jerome, 308-315-623; Centerville, 317-309-626; Upper Arlington, 309-320-629; Dublin Coffman, 325-311-636; Cleveland St. Ignatius, 318-319-637; Medina, 329-315-644; Cincinnati St. Xavier, 331-317-648; Stow-Munroe Falls, 321-328-649; Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, 338-316-654; Cincinnati Elder, 335-326-661; Findlay, 339-336-675; Fremont Ross, 346-353-699
Individual Results: Beau Titsworth, Cleveland St. Ignatius (Avon Lake resident), 72-78-150; Ian Holt, Stow-Munroe Falls, 73-77-150; Chad Merzbacher, Dublin Jerome, 77-74-151; Mert Selamet, Dublin Jerome, 76-76-152; Daniel Schwarz, Cincinnati Elder, 76-76-152; Jack Sparling, Dublin Coffman, 79-74-153; Brady Bohl, Dublin Jerome, 74-81-155; Austin Sipe, Centerville, 80-75-155; Dustin Lieber, Norwalk, 74-81-155; Michael Bernard, Huber Heights Wayne, 78-77-155.
OTHER AREA PLAYER: T35. Brendan Aussem, Avon Lake, 75-89-164.
Team Results: Dublin Jerome, 320-307-627; Massillon Jackson, 324-317-641; Medina Highland, 333-309-642; Cincinnati Ursuline Academy, 327-324-651; Cincinnati Sycamore, 327-327-654; Rocky River Magnificat, 329-332-661; Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy, 339-327-666; Gahanna Lincoln, 344-333-677; Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 335-343-678; Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 348-345-693; Toledo St. Ursula Academy, 358-353-711; Ashland, 371-398-769
Individual Results: Danielle Nicholson, Geneva, 73-70-143; Tess Fraser, Marysville, 74-72-146; Ali Nageotte, Rocky River Magnificat (Westlake resident), 74-75-149; Joon Hee Shim, Dublin Jerome, 77-74-151; Ali Green, West Chester Lakota West, 73-78-151; Cassie Pantelas, Massillon Jackson, 75-78-153; Jessica Porvasnik, Medina Highland, 81-72-153; Megan Tenhundfeld, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy, 78-75-153; MacKenzie DiPietro, North Canton Hoover, 77-78-155; Hanna Lee, Cincinnati Sycamore, 82-75-157; Niki Schroeder, Avon Lake, 82-75-157; Lindsey Murray, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 83-74-157