Brooke O'Brien is looking forward to this season with the Wellington School girls golf team.
O'Brien, a senior, spent part of the last three years competing with the boys team because the Jaguars didn't have enough golfers to field a girls team. But now, O'Brien has teammates in freshmen Morgan Peterson, Courtney Wayman, Alexis Mallet and Eshee Shah. Peterson is a move-in from California.
"The thing I'm looking forward to the most is playing from the red tees," said O'Brien, who was the medalist with an 80 in the Division II portion of the MOGGL tournament Aug. 14 at Pine Hill and finished sixth with a 78 at the Top 14 Invitational on Aug. 17 at Bent Tree. "Last year I had to play from the blue tees a lot and it took me longer to get on the green. Playing all those par-4s from the guys tees have helped me get eagles from the girls tees this year."
John Yakscoe, who coached the boys team for 10 years before resigning at the end of last season, worked with O'Brien the past three years and volunteered to coach the girls team.
"Brooke has been the catalyst for this thing," Yakscoe said. "She's been a great role model for the younger players."
"This has always been my dream but we've never been able to find four girls," O'Brien said. "I'm looking forward to having that camaraderie with my teammates."
With OHSAA adding a second division to girls golf, Wellington couldn't have picked a better time to start a team. Wellington will be one of 20 district teams trying to get to the first Division II state tournament.
O'Brien is a three-time district qualifier, but never has made it to state. She came closest two years ago, shooting an 80 at district and missing qualification by three strokes.
"Making the state tournament is definitely driving her this year," Yakscoe said.
"(Adding a second division) takes a lot of players out of the way," O'Brien said. "My overall goal is to make to the state either as an individual or as a team. I think I have a very good chance this year."
Wellington finished sixth (420) behind winner Columbus School for Girls (384) at the Division II MOGGL tournament Aug. 14.
"We're just starting out," O'Brien said. "If everyone could just shave a few strokes off, we could be in contention."
"The addition of the Division II tournament gives us something to shoot for," Yakscoe said. "These girls want to get better and they're going to improve (as the season goes on)."
At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Wellington boys golf, boys soccer, girls golf, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:
Aug. 18 -- Finished ninth (328) behind champion St. Charles (306) in 15-team Columbus Academy Shootout at Columbus Country Club.
Aug. 19 -- Finished seventh (323) behind champion Dublin Jerome (289) in 12-team Warrior/Stallion Invitational at Medallion
Aug. 20 -- Finished 10th (323) behind champion Jerome (283) in 15-team Dublin Invitational at Golf Club of Dublin
Aug. 21 -- Defeated Academy 332-354 at Heritage
Last Saturday -- Finished fourth (321) behind champion Buckeye Valley (306) in 15-team Mount Gilead tournament at Pine Lakes
Sept. 6 -- At Shawnee tournament at Reid Park
Aug. 18 -- Def. Buckeye Valley 12-0 in opener. Alex Yadegari scored six goals.
Aug. 21 -- Def. Bloom-Carroll 2-0. Ryan McLaughlin had 11 saves.
Last Monday -- Lost to Worthington Christian 2-1
Tuesday -- At Johnstown. The Jaguars lost 3-1 last year.
Sept. 4 -- Home vs. Grove City Christian. The Jaguars won 1-0 last year.
Last Saturday -- Did not post team score in MOGGL tournament at Foxfire. Brooke O'Brien (78) was medalist.
Last Monday -- Lost to Bexley 231-244
Last Tuesday -- Faced Logan Elm
Friday -- At Bent Tree vs. Mansfield Christian
Sept. 4 -- At third round of MOGGL at Bent Tree
Aug. 18 -- Def. Buckeye Valley 4-1 in opener
Aug. 20 -- Lost to Bexley 3-0
Last Saturday -- Def. Circleville 3-0
Last Tuesday -- Played Columbus School for Girls
Tuesday -- Home vs. Fairbanks
Aug. 21 -- Def. Watterson 3-2. Winners were Nisha Crouser at first singles, Sejal Crouser at second singles and Jennifer Haas and Allie Skapik at first doubles.
Last Friday -- Def. CSG 5-0 in first round of OTCA Division II tournament. The Jaguars will face Granville in the second round.
Wednesday -- At Marion Pleasant
Of note: The Jaguars are 2-1.