When it came to how to handle the pressure of competing for a conference championship, Gahanna Lincoln High School girls golf coach Patty McQuirt could be seen doing just about anything she could -- from wearing funny hats to dressing up as Waldo -- to keep her intense team loose.

When it came to how to handle the pressure of competing for a conference championship, Gahanna Lincoln High School girls golf coach Patty McQuirt could be seen doing just about anything she could -- from wearing funny hats to dressing up as Waldo -- to keep her intense team loose.

On the flip side of mental preparation, Marysville coach Sue Wyman almost had to convince her team of the importance of winning a league title for her program.

Both techniques worked, as the programs captured OCC titles for the first time.

The Lions won the OCC-Ohio Division and the Monarchs were first in the OCC-Capital. Dublin Jerome secured its fourth league title in five years by winning the OCC-Cardinal.

That trio will be among the respective favorites to advance from Division I sectional tournaments that will be held Tuesday at three sites, with the top three teams and top three individuals from each sectional advancing to the district tournament Oct. 13 at Bent Tree.

Marysville had the tightest competition in winning its conference.

After finishing second behind Dublin Coffman in the first round of league play, the Shamrocks didn't have their No. 3 player, junior Sarah McQuade, for the next two rounds.

The Monarchs won both of those rounds, and although McQuade was back Sept. 23 for the final round at Mentel Memorial, Marysville scored a 327 to beat Coffman (335) and secure the title at 23-1.

Sophomore Tess Fraser shot a 73 in the final round and finished with an average of 74.75 for the four rounds to edge Westerville Central's Sana Khan (75), Coffman's Lauren Stephens (76.5) and Allyson Chee (77.25) and Central's Gina Son (79) for conference medalist.

"They probably aren't as excited as I am about winning (the OCC)," coach Wyman said. "I don't think they realize that this is history that they're making."

Marysville, which is the district's fourth seed, is teamed up at the Mill Creek sectional with Jerome and OCC-Cardinal runner-up New Albany. Hilliard Darby and Lancaster are the other top contenders, with the Golden Gales being led by defending state individual champion Samantha Swinehart.

Jerome features Joon-Hee Shim, Catarina Seo, Michelle Herbert, Amanda Koren and Michelle Koren. Last year, Shim missed advancing to state by one stroke.

Gahanna received the fifth seed and headlines The Links at Groveport sectional, along with Pickerington North and Olentangy Liberty.

Top-seeded Watterson and No. 8 Upper Arlington, which were central Ohio's representatives at the state tournament last year, will be joined at the Mentel Memorial sectional by second-seeded Coffman.

Standings

Below are the final OCC girls golf standings:

OCC-CAPITAL

Marysville 23-1

Dublin Coffman 21-3

Worthington Kilbourne 15-9

Westerville Central 13-11

Westerville North 6-18

Hilliard Bradley 5-19

Westerville South 0-24

OCC-CARDINAL

Dublin Jerome 23-1

New Albany 19-5

Olentangy Liberty 18-6

Olentangy Orange 10-14

Dublin Scioto 9-15

Olentangy 4-20

Pickerington Central 1-23

OCC-OHIO

Gahanna 23-1

Upper Arlington 18-6

Pickerington North 17-7

Hilliard Darby 11-13

Lancaster 11-13

Watkins Memorial 4-20

Thomas Worthington 0-24