Nothing beats battling through the pressure of the Division I state tournament for the Dublin Jerome High School girls golf team.
That’s what the Celtics told themselves throughout the two-day event Oct. 18-19 on Ohio State’s Gray Course, as they shot 622 to capture their third consecutive state championship.
Three of Jerome’s players, senior Lexie Toth and juniors Sybil Robinson and Maite Erana, were regulars for each of the title seasons.
“We know that being nervous at the first tee is a privilege,” Erana said. “This is definitely what we play for.”
The Celtics trailed Rocky River Magnificat by three strokes with a 313 after the opening round and carded a 309 to lead them to the championship. Massillon Jackson was second (632) and Magnificat placed third (640).
Dublin Coffman, which had won seven of the 10 times it had faced Jerome this season, took fourth (646).
Watterson junior Erin Harper landed the individual championship, shooting a 145. She followed an opening-round 71 by shooting 74 in the final round to edge Jackson senior Cassie Pantelas (147).
“The last group had a lot of good players so I felt like I lost,” said Harper, who waited for about an hour after she finished to learn that she’d earned medalist honors. “It’s really exciting.”
Toth led the Celtics with a 151 to place fourth and earn first-team all-state honors. Robinson shot 155, including a 75 in the final round, and made second-team all-state.
Erana and her freshman sister, Marianna Erana, each shot 158.
Coffman was led by senior Kylie Raines, who shot 156 to make second-team all-state. Juniors Lexie Long (157) and Kamerine Taylor (162) and senior Charley Benefield (171) also scored.
The area’s other individual representative was Gahanna junior Emily Hughes, who shot 160 to place 22nd. Hughes is the only player from the program to make two appearances at the state tournament after competing in 2011 when the Lions made it as a team.