It might not have been pretty, but it was enough.
The Rovers shot their way past County rival Lake Center Christian to earn the third and final qualifying spot at the Salem Hills Division III Sectional Tuesday.
Rootstown fired a 350, eight strokes better than PTC County Division Tournament champion Lake Center Christian to grab the third spot behind Canton Central Catholic and Columbiana.
Led by junior Laszlo May (82), the team stayed focused and turned in scorecards that demonstrated the balance of the Rovers to earn the qualifying berth to the Division III Tannenhauf District match, set for Oct. 5 at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.
May's 40-42 was bolstered by junior Adam Whitacre's 88.
Whitacre started his round with a 47 on the front nine, but came roaring back for one of two 41s fired by Rootstown on the back nine, a six-stroke improvement.
John Hopp, also a junior, added an 89 as he also found his strength on the back nine, notching the second 41 on the back nine after carding a 48 on the front.
Add those scores with Brennan Schlaubach's 91 and the Rovers managed to jump into the third qualifying spot, with the opportunity to advance to the state tournament.
Perennial Northeast Ohio powerhouse Canton Central Catholic fired a team score of 321, while Columbiana added a 323 to round out the top three.
DII OHSAA WINDMILL SECTIONAL
Windmill Golf Course, Ravenna Par 70
Garfield's Derek Miller gets to extend his season for at least one more tournament.
The two-time Player of the Year for the Portage Trail Conference County Division was not feeling well as he teed off at the OHSAA Division II Sectional at Windmill Lakes.
However, Miller fought through, leading his team to a fourth-place finish, just missing a team qualifying spot, but earning the first individual spot to the Division II District contest, also at Windmill Lakes in Ravenna.
Miller's 79 was not one of his best scores of the golf season, but it may have been the 18-hole round he appreciated the most as he fought his way to a top-three individual score of 79, missing medalist honors by one stroke on the tough Windmill Lakes fairways. Only Alex Rapp of Poland Seminary had a better score, firing a 78.
"Today's round was a grind for Derek," said Tom Bartz, coach of the G-Men. "He was battling a sinus infection and he just wasn't hitting the shots he wanted to."
At the end of the day, Miller is a competitor.
"He has the ability to put everything behind him and to just go out and perform and that's exactly what he did today," said Bartz. "We plan to make Windmill our home for the next week to prepare for the next level."
The top three teams advancing were Poland Seminary, Ursuline and Mooney, with the latter edging Garfield by four strokes for the final team qualifying spot.
Miller's teammate Bradley Valdman, only a sophomore, fired an 86, just missing an individual qualifying spot as well.
"Bradley Valdman, Cam King and Travis Criblez all shot their career low 18-hole rounds today, so we can't hang our head for not making it out of the sectional as a team," concluded Bartz.
Waterloo fired a 381 to finish sixth, led by senior David Tasker, who carded a 90. Southeast placed eighth out of 16 teams as junior Chase Miller carded a 92, rebounding from a front-nine 48 to fire a 44.
The Windmill Division II District match is set to tee off Oct. 3, following the completion of Division II qualifiers across Northeast Ohio this week.
Barrington Golf Club, Aurora Par 72
Senior Mike Avalon navigated the tough fairways of Barrington Golf Club at his team's annual invite and completed a solid round of 73, just one-over-par, to tie for medalist honors and lead his team to a third-place finish among some of the best teams in northeast Ohio.
The Aurora Greenmen welcomed 13 teams on a hot Sunday afternoon to compete in one of the final events of the regular season for the golfers.
Aurora's 344 was only three strokes short of runner-up Twinsburg as both chased Willoughby South (320).
Avalon's team helped give Aurora the edge as James Robinson fired an 89, Luke radis a 90 and Matthew Maselli a 92.
Avalon was in a three-way tie for medalist with Ben Basta of Huson and Thomas Priore of Willoughby South.
Aurora now competes in the Suburban Boys Championship Tournament on Wednesday prior to the DI OHSAA Sectional the first week of October.
FIELD 7 -- SPRINGFIELD 4
Chad Losey exploded for four goals and Dante Hardin chipped in two as the Falcons downed the Spartans.
WOODRIDGE 4 -- COVENTRY 2
The Bulldogs took a big step toward another Metro title, beating the Comets.
Woodridge (5-6-1, 5-0-0 PTC Metro) struck early and often, with three goals in the opening 25 minutes. With Senior Night festivities taking place in Peninsula, seniors Zach Kumar, Justice Fair and AJ Wojcik all struck in the first half. After Coventry (7-2-3, 4-1-0) struck twice to draw within 3-2, Kumar provided the insurance goal.
Despite the relatively close score, the Bulldogs dominated play, with nine shots on goal to the Comets' two.
URSULINE 2 -- SOUTHEAST 1
The Pirates lost a heartbreaker Tuesday, as Ursuline scored two in the first four minutes of the second half to win, 2-1. The win moved Ursuline to 10-3. Southeast is now 9-2 despite a first-half strike from Ashley McKenzie.
FIELD 9 -- SPRINGFIELD 0
The Falcons (9-0-1, 4-0-1 PTC Metro) had little trouble with the Spartans Tuesday, outshooting the opposition, 28-0, and getting goals from seven different scorers. McKenna Rahe and Brooke Bowser led the way for Field with two goals apiece.
SOUTHEAST def. GARFIELD, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19
The Pirates swept the G-Men in a match that was truly far closer, with all three sets decided by six points or fewer.
Kiley Carey had 16 assists, while Paige Marek (8 kills), Lyndsey Johns (8 kills) and Meghan McDougall (6 kills) also contributed big games.
COVENTRY def. FIELD, 25-16, 25-18, 25-22
The Comets swept the Falcons, despite eight kills from McKenna Voiers and six kills from Maria Sziva, along with 21 digs from Megan Smith.
KENT def. AURORA, 27-25, 25-15, 25-18
The Rough Riders rolled to 8-0 in the Suburban American with a sweep of the Greenmen.
Roosevelt (11-3, 8-0) got 11 kills from Jillian Hanna, along with eight from Sydney Barnwell and six from Giulia Montorsi. Caroline Hanna contributed 32 assists to the Rough Riders victory, while Mary Marsh had a team-best 15 digs.
CRESTWOOD def. ROOTSTOWN, 25-10, 25-13, 25-12
The County-leading Red Devils rolled Tuesday with a sweep of the Rovers.
Crestwood (15-3, 9-0 PTC County) got eight kills and nine digs from Ellie Cox, 10 kills and seven digs from Slate Bretz and 22 digs from Kelly Hoffman.
Rootstown (6-11, 1-7) got 10 digs from Mykala Crumb.
WATERLOO def. LOWELLVILLE, 25-7, 25-10, 25-15
Waterloo advanced to 13-1 with Tuesday's sweep.
The Vikings got nine kills from Becky Adelman, 23 assists from Brooke Twichell and a dominant service game from Mackenzie Brannon (10 aces, 20 points).