After missing all of the 2008 regular season with back problems, Upper Arlington High School senior Alex Brown did not compete for the first month of this season because of mononucleosis.

After missing all of the 2008 regular season with back problems, Upper Arlington High School senior Alex Brown did not compete for the first month of this season because of mononucleosis.

Even as she was leaving the course following her round at the Division I state tournament last Saturday on Ohio State's Gray Course, one of the first things that popped into her mind was that the lingering effects of the sickness made her feel like going home to sleep.

Neither that struggle, nor battling with the wind and rain, took her enjoyment away from competing at state for the fourth time.

By carding a 76 in what turned out to be a one-day event after the first round was canceled last Friday because of bad weather, Brown tied Mason's Emily Wright and Lancaster's Samantha Swinehart for fourth to earn all-state honors.

Her performance, combined with a strong round by senior Allison Harper (77), helped the Bears finish seventh with a 345 as Mason shot 316 to win its second consecutive championship. Massillon Jackson also shot 345, but edged UA for sixth on its fifth-player score.

"I love playing in the rain," said Brown, who hopes to walk on to the Ohio State women's golf team next year. "I'm an Ohio weather girl. I had some really good drives, and my putting was good. Allison carried us during the regular season, and I'm just excited that I was able to get here all four years."

In her first state appearance, Alliance senior Tiana Jones shot a 73 to capture medalist honors.

Harper tied Tipp City Tippecanoe's Megan Swan and Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy's Katie Wooliver for seventh to earn second-team all-state honors.

Harper carded a 36 on the front nine with birdies on No. 1 and No. 7, but followed with five bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine for a 41.

Harper has committed to play for Marshall University.

"The front nine seemed pretty easy, but then I got to the back nine and had some difficulty with the wind," Harper said. "I just had a lot of trouble with my irons."

Sophomore Jackie Hobson enters next season as the team's top golfer after she played No. 3 most of the season. She shot a 41 on the front before struggling with a 51 on the back for a 92.

Senior Corinne Cullinan (100) and freshman Carley Starkey (104) rounded out UA's state competitors.

Last season, the Bears shot a 691 at the two-day state tournament to place sixth behind Mason (630). Brown tied for 12th with a 162, followed by Harper (167), Kayla Stock (174), Megan Kelley (188) and Hobson (194). Stock is a junior, but was studying in Italy in the fall, while Kelley was a 2009 graduate.

"In these conditions, (Brown and Harper) were excellent," coach Kristi Ghidotti said. "They went there and competed, and that's all that you can expect. It's not the first time they've all played in the rain, but it's a whole different game in this weather. They made it to state, and they all played close to their averages. They've got nothing to be ashamed of."

UA finished second in the OCC-Ohio Division at 18-6, behind Gahanna (23-1) and ahead of Pickerington North (16-8), Hilliard Darby and Lancaster (11-13 each), Watkins Memorial (4-20) and Thomas Worthington (0-24).

At the Mentel Memorial sectional Oct. 6, Watterson and UA both shot 320, but the Eagles had the better fifth-player score and won the title. Brown and Harper each shot a 74 to earn co-medalist honors and Hobson shot a 78.

Then, at the district tournament Oct. 13 at Bent Tree, Harper shot a 76 and Brown an 81 as the Bears finished second (346) to the Eagles (340).

In addition to Hobson and Starkey, freshman Katie Hoskett also saw time on varsity while freshmen Cassidy Guthrie and Hannah Harper are others who could contend for roster spots next year.

"(Starkey) shot a 104 in her first time being at state," Ghidotti said. "Jackie shot a 92, and she will be our captain next year. With having five freshmen this year, we'll be rebuilding the team."