Cassidy Guthrie believes the Upper Arlington High School girls golf team likely is benefitting from the lower expectations that have come with a young and inexperienced roster.

Cassidy Guthrie believes the Upper Arlington High School girls golf team likely is benefitting from the lower expectations that have come with a young and inexperienced roster.

The sophomore always has expected much from herself.

When she first took up golf as a 12-year-old, it added to a resume that already included five years of ice hockey experience.

In addition to being one of the top players for a Bears' girls golf squad which finished third in the OCC-Ohio Division this season despite having no seniors, Guthrie also competes for the Ohio Flames girls club hockey team based out of Northeast Ohio.

She plays forward and is one of three central Ohio players on the U-16 squad.

"Cassidy is on a travel hockey team, but she's really coming along strong," coach Kristi Ghidotti said. "She's travels out of state with her (hockey) team all of the time, but she's still been a solid third or fourth (player) for me."

Guthrie will be among the Bears' players at the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday at The Links at Groveport. The Bears are the ninth seed among central Ohio teams and are the third-highest seed at Groveport after No. 3 Dublin Jerome and No. 5 Pickerington North. The other teams at the site are Canal Winchester, Hilliard Davidson, Hillsboro, Logan, Olentangy and Westerville Central.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the district tournament Oct. 12 at Bent Tree.

Although Guthrie has had to miss some time during the season when the Flames play in tournaments, she has juggled the busy schedule successfully this fall.

"I play on one of the best girls hockey teams in the state of Ohio, and this year I've practiced with the UA varsity boys team," Guthrie said. "This is my first year playing U-16, and this year we've gone to tournaments in Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Michigan. It's been pretty crazy especially with the different swings from hockey to golf. I've come to almost everything for golf, but when (the Flames play) out-of-town tournaments, I've felt obliged to go."

Guthrie, who also plays softball, was the first member of her family to take up hockey. Her older brother, 2010 graduate Carlin Guthrie, and her younger sister, 4-year-old Cayleigh Guthrie, since have followed suit.

Junior Jackie Hobson was the most experienced returnee for the golf team after competing among its top five most of last season when UA finished seventh (345) at the state tournament.

Hobson is averaging 82 for nine holes this season. Freshman Leah Mills, sophomore Katie Hoskett and Guthrie all have been averaging in the low 90s.

The Bears' No. 5 player for the sectional likely will be one of two sophomores, Hannah Harper or Carly Starkey.

After finishing second to Gahanna in the OCC-Ohio Division last season, UA placed third at 20-8 in the league behind Pickerington North (28-0) and the Lions (24-4).

"It's definitely been a year for us as a team to grow," Guthrie said. "Obviously a lot of us weren't expecting to compete so well with Pickerington North and Gahanna. As the season has gone on, we've been able to compete well. If we could get to the district tournament, it would be a great achievement, especially with us having one freshman, one junior and some sophomores. Not a lot of people were expecting much from us this year."

"We have a very young team, but with a young team all you can do is keep practicing and keep working on course management," Ghidotti said. "It's not too bad that we finished third out of eight teams in our division of the OCC. We were seeded ninth out of 28 teams at the seeding meeting, so that's about where we were last year. We have a very good chance of getting out of sectionals, and that's our goal."


At a glance

Below are recent results and the coming schedule for the Upper Arlington boys and girls golf team:

BOYS

Sept. 10 - Finished third (322) in 16-team Lancaster Gales Invitational behind champion Centerville (316)

Sept. 11 - Finished 11th (319) in the 24-team St. Charles Invitational behind runner-up St. Charles (296)

Sept. 15 - Finished second (298) in fourth OCC-Central event at Apple Valley behind Dublin Coffman (296) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (302), Thomas Worthington (328), Worthington Kilbourne (335), Hilliard Darby (338), Westland (397) and Central Crossing (429). Jayson Schott led the Bears with a 73 followed by Chris Watson (74), Will Mason (75), Kelsey Schultz (76) and Josh Wick (77).

Sept. 18 - Finished second (313) in 12-team Findlay Trojan Invitational behind Dublin Jerome (312). Schultz was co-medalist with a 73.

Last Saturday - Finished third (320) in 10-team home Upper Arlington Invitational behind Jerome (312) and St. Charles (313) and ahead of Cincinnati Moeller (323)

Tuesday - Division I sectional at Granville. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the district on Oct. 12 at Apple Valley. The Golden Bears were seeded fifth in the district.

GIRLS

Sept. 15 - Finished third (364) in eight-team OCC-Ohio Division tournament at Raymond Memorial behind Pickerington North (330) and Gahanna (338)

Sept. 18 - Finished ninth (365) in 11-team Toledo St. Ursula Invitational at Highland Meadows behind champion Mason (304)

Sept. 22 - Match vs. Dublin Jerome, Marysville and Pickerington North at Muirfield was postponed because of bad weather. No makeup date has been announced

Last Saturday - Finished seventh (390) in 13-team Marysville Season Finale Tournament at Darby Creek behind champion Dublin Coffman (326)

Last Monday - Lost to Coffman 159-128 at The Links at Groveport.

Tuesday - Division I sectional tournament at Raymond Memorial. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the district Oct. 12 at Bent Tree.

Of note: The Bears finished third (20-8) in the OCC-Ohio behind Pickerington North (28-0) and Gahanna (24-4) and ahead of Lancaster (13-15), Hilliard Davidson (11-17), Thomas Worthington (7-21), Watkins Memorial (5-23) and Hilliard Darby (4-24).