In the second round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament Aug. 20 at Mentel Memorial, the Olentangy High School girls golf team shot a 354, one of its best 18-hole scores of the season.

In the second round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament Aug. 20 at Mentel Memorial, the Olentangy High School girls golf team shot a 354, one of its best 18-hole scores of the season.

The Braves are hoping for more success on the same course when they compete in a Division I sectional there Monday. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 7 at Bent Tree, and Olentangy is hoping to become a district qualifier for the second consecutive season.

"For the last two years that's where we've had some of our lowest scores," coach Craig Goldsberry said. "Especially for my Nos. 3 and 4 players, they feel comfortable with that course. You can still hit it off line there and recover."

All four players in the program competed at the sectional last year when Olentangy shot 361 to finish second at Foxfire behind Dublin Coffman (357). Kristen Helmsdoerfer -- now playing for Orange -- shot an 83, followed by Jamie Richardson (87), Katlyn Warner (93), Audrey Nelson (98) and Megan Cunningham (115).

This season, Richardson is leading the Braves in scoring average (81) and Nelson is averaging 88.

Olentangy won the OCC-Cardinal championship a year ago, but this year was third at 14-10 behind Dublin Jerome (23-1) and New Albany (21-3).

Top-seeded Watterson and No. 4 Coffman are the highest seeds at Mentel Memorial. Also expected to battle with the Braves for a district-qualifying spot are Worthington Kilbourne and DeSales.

"We've been a little inconsistent, but especially Jamie and Audrey are really improving their games," Goldsberry said. "With Jamie, even when she has a bad round, she's still pretty good."

•Liberty also is shooting for district qualification for the second year in a row after placing third (379) at the Foxfire sectional last season.

The Patriots will compete Monday in the eight-team Mill Creek sectional along with third-seeded Jerome, No. 5 Marysville, No. 8 Upper Arlington and ninth-seeded Hilliard Darby.

Liberty, which finished fourth at 13-11 in the OCC-Cardinal, has found success despite not having its No. 1 player from last year, Julie Lechner. She originally was told to attend Orange, but because she elected to stay at Liberty she is considered a transfer and is not eligible to compete.

Liberty's top players are senior Linden Bumpass, junior Mary DeRoy and freshman Laura Kucan.

"We're shooting around the same as we did last year, which is actually pretty good with us not having Julie Lechner," coach Chelsea Ross said. "We (made it to district) last year and this year it's going to be a little more difficult, but we have an outside chance at it."

•Orange struggled to an 0-24 record in the OCC-Cardinal but entered the postseason with a solid opportunity to advance to the district tournament.

The Pioneers, unlike every other program in the OCC, are competing in Division II. They competed in the sectional last Tuesday at Foxfire, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Wednesday at River Greens.

Helmsdoerfer, who finished four strokes shy of advancing to the state tournament a year ago, was first-team all-OCC. Junior Lauren Maddern and sophomore Darcy Cunningham also were regulars.

"There were three or four of them who really improved throughout the season," coach Kari Phillips said. "Lauren Maddern was shooting in the 60s (for nine holes) when she first started this year and she shot 53 in a nine-hole match (Sept. 17), so she's greatly improved."