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Mustangs golfer helped Section VI team capture ’90 state links championship

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 June 2020 at 9:57 am

Contributed Photo – Jim Underdown holding his Niagara-Orleans League tournament championship trophy.

The spring of 1990 proved to be a very special one on the links for Medina High senior Jim Underdown which he capped off by helping the Section VI team capture the state golf championship.

Underdown fired a round of 78 on the opening 18 holes of the state tourney which was played at the Cornell University course helping Section VI stay within two points of the top spot.

A second round score of 90 by Underdown then helped the Section VI team claim the state title by a narrow two point margin over Section IV 930-932.

Underdown qualified for a spot on the Section VI state team by finishing in a tie for fourth place at the Section VI championships which was held at the Wanakah Country Club.

He fired a round of 80 over the first 18 holes which was good enough for a share of second place in the 76 player field.

In the final round, which was composed of the top 20 scorers from the qualifying round, Underdown carded a 42 over the nine holes to earn a share of fourth place and a spot on the state tourney team.

Underdown’s big senior year of golfing for the Mustangs started when he captured the Niagara-Orleans League Tournament title the previous fall.

A first team N-O All-League honoree, he shot a 79 over the 18 holes to win the tournament by one stroke over Akron’s Brian Salmon.