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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Once upon a time, the Hudson boys golf team could have considered Columbus its second home.
The state capital has been the site of the Division I state tournament and the Explorers have reached that destination eight times in their storied history.
Although Hudson has been one of the area's better teams in recent years, it hasn't been a state-caliber squad for quite some time.
In fact, the Explorers have suffered a number of one-and-done postseason outings.
Not this time.
Hudson qualified for Division I district play after finishing third with a score of 315 at a Division I sectional tournament Oct. 2 at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna. A total of 17 teams participated.
The Explorers reached district play for the first time since 2008.
"Making it to districts with four freshmen and one senior who didn't play on the tournament team last year is a great accomplishment," Hudson seventh-year head coach Jeff Camp Jr. said.
Walsh easily won the competition with a 294. Twinsburg finished second with a 314 and Kent Roosevelt took fourth with a 316. The top four teams qualified for Division I district play, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 9 at Pine Hills Golf Course in Hinckley. Play is set to begin at 9:45 a.m.
Ian Holt of Stow-Munroe Falls shot a 70 to earn medalist honors.
Freshman Will Kurtz, who has been the team's top player throughout the season, led the Explorers with a 75.
"Will is so consistent," Camp said. "He makes it look so simple and he has a great mentality for the game."
Senior Kevin Kubik, who has really stepped up his game in recent weeks, took second for Hudson with a 77.
"Kevin has really been playing well the last part of the season," Camp said. "He has been steady and he kept that going [Oct. 2]."
Also contributing for the Explorers were freshmen Dave Sexton (78) and Johnny Merrill (85).
"It was a good day for Dave," Camp said. "He has been struggling a little the last part of the year, but he stepped up big."
To advance in the postseason, the more low scores the team posts, the better.
"The guys played great," Camp said. "To have three scores in the 70s always keeps you in the hunt."
If Hudson can put together a similar round at Pine Hills, the Explorers can return to a place they once called home: Columbus.
"These guys are very capable of making it to states," Camp said. "All it takes is one good day and you can move on.
This will be a great experience for these kids this year and moving forward in the future."