St. C.’s Keylor to golf at Walsh

Zach Keylor burst onto the scene in a big way as a freshman member of the St. Clairsville golf team.

And he didn’t stop there.

A four-year regular for Coach Rick Oberdick’s squad, Keylor will now have the chance to demonstrate his skills at the next level.

Keylor recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and golf careers at Walsh University in North Canton.

“Walsh was the perfect fit for me academically, athletically and spiritually,” Keylor said. “Walsh has a growing program, with a newer coach, and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Keylor was part of a Red Devils’ golf team that will go down as one of the area’s best ever. St. Clairsville qualified for two consecutive Division II state tournaments with Keylor playing as the number one man during many of those rounds.

Keylor was an all-Ohioan this season by virtue of finishing with a two-day score of 163 at the state tournament in Columbus. He posted rounds of 85 and 78 en route to his final tally.

“My high school career was very special,” Keylor said. “My teammates were a special group of guys. Having a great coach (Rick Oberdick) for four years and great support from our principal, Walt Skaggs, and our athletic director, Kelly Rine. Plus, I had an incredible support group all four years.”

As a sophomore, Keylor was the OVAC medalist. He also recorded an ace during the conference tournament as a junior.

After each of his seasons, Keylor was named the Red Devils’ team MVP. He was also the Eastern District’s Player of the Year.

“Zach’s maturity and consistency are two of his strongest assets,” Oberdick said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be a productive college player.”

Keylor couldn’t pinpoint just one area of his game that needs the most improvement before he arrives in Stark County.

“There’s always room for improvement,” Keylor said. “All parts of my game need work. Whether it’s physically, or mentally, I need to improve.”

Along with golf, Keylor was a member of the Red Devils’ basketball team, which advanced to consecutive regionals, won two OVAC titles and played in the Division II state tournament in 2012.

Zach, who is the son of Chris and Lynda Keylor, plans on majoring in chemistry.

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