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Unity's Ohnemus relishing chance at state tournament

Unity's Grant Ohnemus tees off on the ninth hole during the Class 1A Aledo Sectional at Hawthorn Ridge Golf Club. | Photo for the H-w/Todd Mizener, Dispatch/Argus
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 11, 2018 1:00 am Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 8:31 am

MENDON, Ill. -- Grant Ohnemus knew exactly where he missed out on a trip to the Class 1A state golf tournament last year.

Ohnemus, then a junior on the Unity boys golf team, missed the cut by three strokes at the Havana sectional, and carded a quadruple bogey on the par-5 No. 11.

"That's four strokes I lost right there," Ohnemus said. "That was the round right there. That really pushed me to get better over the summer and get there."

That hole was agonizing, and that bitterness of missing a chance to play at state stayed with him. However, that turned into motivation to not miss the cut on his final chance this fall.

In Monday's Class 1A sectional at Aledo, Ohnemus shot an 82 and made the cut by one shot and he along with teammate Gage Moller became the first Unity golfers since Will Klusmeyer in 2013 to qualify for state.

Unity missed out by two shots to advance as a team.

"I'm just glad I get to go with Gage and have a sport to go to in state this year," Ohnemus said. "At sectionals, I knew it wasn't looking good for the team at first. But then the scores rolled in, and I saw we had a chance.

"There's some freshmen and juniors on this team I'd love to take with me. But we just missed out and that was kind of a bummer."

Ohnemus is hoping his trip to state, which begins Friday at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington, Ill., is a memorable one.

His goal is to finish top 10 and earn a state medal. He said he's been working with his golf coach Mark Christensen this week to perfect his swing.

Ohnemus said his stroke average is in the high 70s this season.

"I think things are looking pretty good," Ohnemus said. "I think I can get up there or at least pretty close."

Prior knowledge of the course will help, too. Ohnemus played at Prairie Vista last winter in an off-season tournament. He said the conditions he played in last year will be similar to what he's expecting this weekend.

Weather forecasts call for rain and a high in the mid 40s Friday, and temperatures in the 50s Saturday.

"I know all my clubs I'll need in certain places and certain ball flights," Ohnemus said. "Anything to try and get ready."

It'll help relieve some pressure, but he expects there to be some Friday when he tees off.

"I definitely feel pressure," Ohnemus said. "But I'm not trying to focus on that. It's not my first time here, and I know what I'll be getting into and just hope for the best."