Two freshmen have given the Olentangy High School girls golf team a boost this fall.
Through three rounds of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament, Kara Raines has a team-best 88-stroke average and Alex Cardi is third with a 97.3 average.
Raines has the eighth-best average in the league.
The Braves are third in the OCC-Cardinal at 11-7, behind Dublin Jerome (18-0) and Liberty (15-3) and ahead of Dublin Scioto (10-8), New Albany (6-12), Pickerington Central (3-15) and Orange (0-18).
The fourth and final round is Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Oakhaven.
“The girls have been doing well,” coach John Feasel said. “With two freshmen in our top five, we have been competing very nicely.”
In the third round Aug. 27 at Westchester, Raines led the Braves with an 82 and Cardi, senior Taylor Dencer and junior Anne Kim all carded a 94.
Dencer is second on the team in the league with a 95.3 average and Kim is averaging 99.7. Also competing in league matches have been senior Stephanie Berry and junior Amanda Chirico.
Dencer was medalist with a 40 in a 178-188 win over Hilliard Davidson on Aug. 29 at Oakhaven.
“Taylor Dencer is our most consistent scorer and our two freshmen have been holding their own,” Feasel said. “(I’m) very pleased with the progress of our team so far.”
Pioneers coach sees improvement
First-year Orange coach Cari DeAngelis believes her team has shown improvement in several areas throughout the season’s first few weeks.
“I am pretty happy with the way the season is going so far,” DeAngelis said. “At the beginning of the season, I said we would be looking to improve throughout, and so far we have been. The girls are working hard on their games and trying to get better. I can see the improvement on the course, and the result is some lower scores. A couple of the girls have had career lows. Even so, they are not satisfied and continue to work hard.”
Orange heads into the final round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament still looking for its first league victory.
In the third round, the Pioneers shot a 418 to finish eighth behind first-place Jerome (285). Pickerington Central was seventh (408).
Freshman Brittany Miller led Orange with an 89 and is averaging 92.7 in league play.
Senior Rachel Ramsey and Miller each shot a 96 in the second round of the league tournament Aug. 13 at Mentel Memorial as the Pioneers finished eighth with a 407 behind first-place Jerome (299).
Ramsey is averaging a 102 in league play.
Also contributing have been seniors Marisa Greywitt and Mary O’Brien and juniors Maddie Lindeman and Kennedy Willis.
“My top two players have been Brittany Miller and Rachel Ramsey,” DeAngelis said. “Brittany is a freshman that has been playing golf since she was young. I knew coming in she would be competing for a top spot. ... I expected Rachel to be one of my top golfers and she has not let me down.”
Patriots sitting second in OCC
With senior Rachel Marks leading the way, Liberty is second in the OCC-Cardinal – three wins behind Jerome – heading into the final round.
Marks carded a 78 in the third round to tie for fifth as the Patriots shot a 354 to finish second.
Also scoring in the round were sophomore Reilly Haas (89), senior Amy Atkinson (92) and junior Olivia Dunning (95).
Senior Hannah Flees, who shot a 94 in the first round Aug. 7 at The Links at Groveport and was playing No. 2 behind Marks, did not compete in the second or third rounds of the league tournament.
Marks is fifth in the OCC-Cardinal with a 79.7 average.