Dublin Coffman High School girls golf coach Randy Patton has been impressed with the low scores Lexie Long has continued to put up this season.
After earning overall medalist honors in the OCC-Capital Division a year ago with a 73.8 stroke average, the senior is averaging 67.3 through three rounds of the league tournament.
Long carded a 66 in the second round Aug. 12 at The Links at Groveport and duplicated that score while finishing first in the third round Aug. 26 at Westchester.
The five-time defending league champion Shamrocks are 17-0 heading into the final round Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Royal American Links. Worthington Kilbourne (14-3) is second, followed by Marysville (11-6), Hilliard Bradley and Westerville South (each 6-11), Grove City (3-14), Westerville Central (1-5, did not have team score in first and second rounds) and Westerville North (0-6, did not have team score in first and third rounds).
"(Our) season has been going great," Patton said. "Lexie Long won (six) of the (first seven) events we've played in. We won the 32-team (Panther Invitational on Aug. 8 at Turnberry), were second at the 31-team (Midwest Classic on Aug. 23) at Skyland Pines and had third-place finishes at the (Lady Rocks Invitational on Aug. 7) at Little Turtle and at the Gahanna Invitational (Aug. 11 at Jefferson)."
Coffman shot 291 in the third round of the OCC-Capital tournament. Kilbourne (329) was second, followed by Marysville (348), Westerville South (364), Bradley (373), Westerville Central (381) and Grove City (385).
Seniors Kamerine Taylor (73) and Nicole Smiley (75) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the third round, and junior Jorie Hodapp placed fifth (77).
Long leads the OCC-Capital with a stroke total of 202. Taylor is second overall (225), while Smiley (233) and Hodapp (239) are fourth and sixth, respectively.
The Shamrocks' No. 5 player has been sophomore Liz Kim, who is averaging 84 in league matches and turned in the team's fourth-best score in the second round.
Celtics on pace for another title
Jerome shot 307 to win the third round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament Aug. 26 at Royal American Links.
Olentangy (374) was second, followed by Olentangy Liberty (380), Pickerington Central (404), New Albany (420), Olentangy Orange (429) and Delaware (500).
The Celtics are closing in on their seventh consecutive league title. They are 17-0 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into the final round Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Mentel Memorial.
Liberty (13-4) is second in the standings, ahead of Olentangy (12-5), Pickerington Central (8-9), New Albany (5-12), Orange (2-15) and Delaware (0-12, did not have team score in second round).
"So far we are right where we want to be," coach C.D. Butcher said. "Winning three (Division I state) titles in a row has put a target on our back, and it would be easy to rest on your laurels. (The players) understand that there is an opportunity to do something special this season and each day is a chance to get better."
Senior Maite Erana shot 68 in the third round and is leading the OCC-Cardinal with a stroke total of 213. The next four-best scorers -- senior Sybil Robinson (225), freshman Abby Kiefer (234), sophomore Mariana Erana (235) and freshman Taby Robinson (238) -- also play for Jerome.
Kiefer shot 77 and Taby Robinson and Sybil Robinson both shot 81 in the third round.
Irish taking steps forward
Scioto began the season with three players but since has added a fourth.
The Irish have yet to post a team score in the OCC-Cardinal tournament. They were led by senior Tessa Berger (119) in the third round.
Also competing for Scioto are senior Joyce Lee, junior Reagan Brown and sophomore Hannah Burigana.