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Olentangy finishes 2nd in OCC-Capital Division

The Olentangy High School boys golf team will enter a Division I sectional Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Turnberry having finished second in the OCC-Capital Division.

The Braves went 24-4 over the four league tournaments to finish behind New Albany (27-1) and ahead of Mount Vernon (19-9), Big Walnut (14-14), Orange (13-15), Worthington Kilbourne (8-20), Delaware (7-21) and Franklin Heights (0-28).

At sectional, the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.

Last season, the Braves finished fourth (323) at sectional to take the final district-qualifying spot behind New Albany (298), Dublin Jerome (305) and Teays Valley (313). Competing for the Braves were senior Dylan Ahonen (73), 2013 graduate Nick Morrison (78), senior Evan Wilson (86), junior Jeff Darfus (86) and senior Donal Baker (92).

The final league tournament was held Sept. 18 at Granville Golf Course. It had been postponed Sept. 11 because of bad weather. The Braves finished third (328) behind New Albany (315) and Mount Vernon (323) and ahead of Big Walnut (337), Delaware (341), Kilbourne (342), Orange (346) and Franklin Heights (556).

Ahonen and Wilson both shot 80, followed by Baker (84), senior Carter Rubcich (84) and Darfus (85).

Ahonen averaged 75.5 in OCC-Capital play to earn first-team all-league. Rubcich (78.5) was second-team all-league, Darfus (79.5) and Wilson (80.5) were third-team all-league and Baker (83.75) was honorable mention.

Patriots to compete in Darby Creek sectional

Liberty plays Tuesday, Oct. 1, in a Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.

The Patriots finished third (19-9) in the OCC-Central behind Dublin Coffman (28-0) and Upper Arlington (23-5) and ahead of Marysville (15-13), Hilliard Davidson (13-15), Thomas Worthington (10-18), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).

Sophomore Cameron McCloskey led Liberty in the final round of league play Sept. 16 at Turnberry with a 78. The tournament was postponed from Sept. 11 because of bad weather.

Also playing for the Patriots were freshman Kyle Mitchell (79), junior Tommy Marks (83), senior Brett Beard (85) and junior Doug Simpson (88).

Liberty tied Marysville for fourth with a 325 but lost the fifth-player tiebreaker. Coffman (302), UA (304) and Davidson (322) finished ahead of the Monarchs and Patriots, who were followed by Thomas (329), Central Crossing (361) and Westland (396).

McCloskey averaged 75.5 in OCC-Central play to earn first-team all-league. Mitchell (76.5) was second-team all-league, Marks (81.5) was on the third team and Simpson (81.33) was honorable mention.

Last season, the Patriots advanced to district by finishing second (312) behind Coffman (303) at sectional. McCloskey shot a 74, followed by 2013 graduates Jordan Callicotte (79), George Dunlap (79), Max Helgreen (80) and Grady King (81).

Orange heads to Granville sectional

Orange plays Tuesday, Oct. 1, in a Division I sectional at Granville Golf Course. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.

Last season, the Pioneers finished eighth (345) in their sectional and did not advance to district. John McHale, a 2013 graduate, led the Pioneers with an 80, followed by junior Ric Reynolds (85), junior Luke Buchy (88), 2013 graduate Austin Wallace (92) and senior Ray Albertini (94).

This season, Orange finished fifth (13-15) in the OCC-Capital behind champion New Albany (27-1) after the Pioneers were seventh (346) behind the champion Eagles (315) in the final league tournament.

Junior Ben Kunz and Reynolds both shot 82 in the final round, followed by Albertini (90), freshman Spencer Gifford (92) and Buchy (93).

Reynolds averaged 78.5 in OCC-Capital play to earn second-team all-league. Buchy (82.5) was honorable mention.

— Scott Hennen

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