With no seniors in its lineup a year ago, the Dublin Coffman High School girls golf team edged Dublin Jerome on the fifth-player tiebreaker to capture its first Division I district championship since 2000.
Less than two weeks later at state, the Shamrocks had to settle for fourth (646) as the Celtics shot 629 to win their second consecutive championship.
Coffman, which returned all five of its state participants from last fall, has finished ahead of Jerome in seven of the 10 events in which both have competed this year, including the nine-team district tournament Oct. 8 at The Links at Groveport.
The Shamrocks, who are intent on not taking a step back at state this season, shot 300 to win their second district title in a row. The Celtics secured the other state-qualifying berth with a 308, finishing well ahead of third-place Watterson (361).
Advancing as individuals to the state tournament Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ohio State's Gray Course were Watterson junior Erin Harper, who carded a 72, and Gahanna junior Emily Hughes, who shot 78.
"We didn't play well at state last year, but everyone came back and we're a lot older now," said Coffman junior Lexie Long, who was district medalist with a 70. "We've been working really hard as a team and we've got to keep working hard."
Also scoring for Coffman were senior Kylie Raines (73), junior Kamerine Taylor (75) and senior Charley Benefield (82).
According to coach Randy Patton, the Shamrocks are averaging 301 for 18 holes, have won their last six tournaments and are 204-7 overall this season.
A year ago at state, Jerome was four strokes out of the lead after the first round but rallied to finish one stroke ahead of runner-up Medina Highland (630). Massillon Jackson (637) placed third and Mason (651) was fifth.
Celtics coach C.D. Butcher believes Highland, Jackson and Mason should contend for the state title in addition to his team and Coffman.
Jerome's lineup features three returnees, including senior Lexie Toth, who shot 74 at district. Also scoring for the Celtics at district were freshman Marianna Erana (77) and juniors Maite Erana (78) and Sybil Robinson (79).
Last year at state, Toth tied for fourth and Maite Erana tied for ninth. Harper finished second overall at district to qualify for state for the second consecutive season.
Seasons end for Patriots, Braves
Liberty and Olentangy each had individuals compete at district but didn't have any players advance to state.
Patriots senior Rachel Marks was medalist in the Westchester sectional Oct. 1 with a 75 but settled for an 81 at district, leaving her three strokes from qualifying for state.
Liberty was fourth (356) at sectional behind champion Pickerington North (338), with senior Amy Atkinson (91), junior Olivia Dunning (90), sophomore Reilly Haas (100) and freshman Meagan Ruddock (112) also competing.
Representing Olentangy at district were senior Taylor Dencer (99) and freshman Kara Raines (88). The Braves were fourth (373) in the Oakhaven sectional behind champion Jerome (299).
"It was a great experience for my freshman and a good send-off for my senior," Olentangy coach John Feasel said. "We battled, got a lot better and have some players coming back."
Liberty finished second (20-4) in the OCC-Cardinal behind Jerome (24-0). Olentangy tied Dublin Scioto for third (14-10) and Orange was seventh (0-24).
Also eligible to return for the Braves are junior Anne Kim and freshman Alex Cardi.
Orange had two seniors in Mary O'Brien and Rachel Ramsey and is eligible to return juniors Maddie Lindeman and Kennedy Willis and freshman Brittany Miller.
The Pioneers were 10th (442) in the Oakhaven sectional.