The Watkins Memorial High School boys golf team spent last week preparing for an important test.

The Watkins Memorial High School boys golf team spent last week preparing for an important test.

The Warriors will take the exam - in the form of a Division I sectional - Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Granville Golf Course. The test isn't so much how to navigate the course in the fewest strokes, but rather how to manage one's discipline and attitude.

"The mental part of the game has been our downfall all season and it's disappointing because golf is supposed to be such an enjoyable game that you can play it for life," coach Jay Dalgarn said. "You have to have a short memory and move on to the next shot."

Too often, Dalgarn said, a bad shot or bad hole ruins the round for his players, especially if it's early in the round.

"I keep asking them when they moan or pout, 'You think that will help you on your next shot?'" Dalgarn said. "I understand that even grown men, even the pros, they get upset after a bad shot, but generally they refocus quickly. We haven't been able to do that."

The Warriors are led by junior Matt Fisher, who averages 80. Freshman Jarod Worcester (82), senior Eric Noe (86) and senior Wes Atchison (86) follow.

"Matt had a real nice stretch for a while where he played well at Darby Creek and also at Hickory Hills," Dalgarn said. "Eric Noe shot a 78 at Granville in the fourth round of the (OCC-Capital Division tournament).

"Jarod Worcester showed his mental toughness at Granville Golf Course (during the Granville Invitational on Sept. 24) when he shot a 37 on the back nine after a 47 on the front. Wes Atchison has more varsity experience than anyone on the team. So, we've got kids who can put together good rounds and get on to the district. It would be nice if they put it together at sectional."

The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team at sectional advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 at Apple Valley.

Last season, the Warriors finished third (311) behind champion St. Charles (296) and Upper Arlington (310) in the sectional at Granville to advance to district. Fisher (78) and Atchison (90) were in the lineup. At district, Watkins Memorial was sixth (312) as St. Charles (300), Dublin Coffman (301) and Dublin Jerome (305) qualified for state, where St. Charles won the title.

The Warriors concluded the regular season Sept. 30 in the Watkins Memorial Fall Invitational at Winding Hollow.

•The girls golf team will compete in a Division I sectional at Raymond Memorial on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 11 at Bent Tree.

The Warriors, led by senior Emily Dixon, are seeded ninth in the district. Top-seeded Dublin Jerome is in the same sectional, along with No. 6 Marysville and No. 8 Olentangy Liberty.

"If you figure Jerome advances to district, that leaves Marysville, Liberty, New Albany and us fighting for the last two district spots," coach Tiffany Shaeffer said. "We're 2-0 against Liberty and New Albany and 1-1 against Marysville this year. So we have a chance to get out if we play to our abilities."

The Warriors played Raymond Memorial once this year, and four of the five in the lineup also played there once last year. Plus, Shaeffer had planned to get her team on the course for a practice round late last week.

What Shaeffer likes about the Warriors is that four players - senior Gina Pagnanelli, juniors Andrea Martin and Liz Haack and freshman Devon Atchison - have played at No. 2 in the lineup at least once this season.

"It seems to me as though we're switching that position almost daily," Shaeffer said. "They have all played well and improved, and they are all within two to five strokes of one another. Liz and Gina both have played very well lately and they're putting in the extra effort and time with their swing coaches and improving in all aspects of the game."

Dixon finished 11th in the state tournament last season with a two-day 156 on Ohio State's Gray Course. She will be seeking her fourth district berth.

"Emily averaged 77 in the four OCC-Ohio rounds to be the second-low scorer in our division," Shaeffer said. "She was medalist in three of our four MOGGL rounds and her season average is around a 73 or 74.

"All of our scoring averages are down and we're hoping to become the first Watkins girls golf team to qualify to the district tournament," Shaeffer said. "In addition to our balance between No. 2 and No. 5, the other thing about this season that stands out is how much the girls have improved their mental game. They still get upset, but they haven't let it affect their game. They recognize what they're doing wrong and they try to make the adjustment to fix it."

•The boys soccer team will play host to Franklin Heights in an OCC-Capital game Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Warriors will be honoring current and former military personnel by wearing commemorative jerseys and collecting monetary donations and/or 120-minute phone cards.

Admission is free to those with a military ID. The junior varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity expected to begin at 7:15 p.m.