Girls golfers focus on sectional
Wellington School girls golf coach Bill Miller has five players who have shown the ability to shoot low scores this season in senior Annie Miller, juniors Katie King and Sarah Wayman and freshmen Quinn Coleman and Regan Price.
Aside from Miller, however, no one on the team has shot consistently low.
Coach Miller said the Jaguars will need just about everyone to play up to her potential when they compete in the Division II sectional tournament on Monday, Sept. 24, at Blacklick Woods.
The top five teams and top five individuals not on a qualifying team qualify for district Oct. 1 at Pickaway Golf Club.
"We have four girls who can score in the low 50s, and we're going to need all of them to put it together on the same day for the first time this season," said coach Miller, who is in his seventh year leading the program.
"If all of our girls play to the best of their abilities at sectional, I'm confident that we'll make it to district."
Last year, Wellington shot a 416 at sectional to finish fourth at Foxfire behind champion Bexley (371) and advance to district.
The Jaguars finished ninth (409) at district at River Greens in West Lafayette, as Logan Elm (364), Williamsport Westfall (368) and Strasburg-Franklin (379) advanced to state.
Miller finished second at sectional with a 78. She then earned medalist honors at district by shooting a 77 and followed that by carding a 153 at state at Ohio State's Gray Course to tie Pepper Pike Orange's Brynn FitzGerald for second behind Warren John F. Kennedy's Haylee Harford (146).
Miller is putting together another stellar season in which she was medalist in 12 of the first 13 events the Jaguars competed in and took second in the other event. She shot a 36 to lead Wellington (199) to victory in a tri-match against Centerburg (201) and Olentangy (209) on Sept. 10 at Table Rock.
She then was medalist with a 39 in the fourth round of the Division II Mid-Ohio Girls Golf League tournament Sept. 11 at Bent Tree as the Jaguars finished second (210) behind Bexley (209).
"Annie is doing an excellent job of leading this team," said coach Miller, who isn't related to Annie. "Annie really enjoys the game of golf and she practices more than any player I've ever coached. She doesn't let a bad shot rattle her, and she's a complete player who does everything well."
Boys golfers aiming for sectional title
The boys golf team will compete in the Division III sectional tournament Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Darby Creek.
The top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to district Oct. 2 at Cumberland Trail.
Last year, Wellington shot a 333 to place second in the sectional at Darby Creek behind Columbus Academy (324).
The Jaguars then shot a 314 to win the district tournament at Pickaway Golf Club before winning their first state championship by shooting a 674 over 36 holes at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Lima Central Catholic and Middletown Christian both shot a 685 at state last year, with Lima Central Catholic earning the runner-up trophy because it had a lower fifth-player score.
"Every time we step on a course, our goal is to win," coach Craig Mosier said.
"If we play well, I'm confident that we'll move on to district."
Wellington beat Hilliard Davidson 155-162 on Sept. 4 at Darby Creek, as Nick Mayne (37) was medalist.
The Jaguars then shot a 321 to finish fourth in the 15-team Kiely Cup on Sept. 10 at Canterbury behind champion Dayton Oakwood (301), with Justin Perdue (73) placing third, and they defeated Worthington Christian 150-176 on Sept. 11 at Darby Creek, as Quinten Henricks (35) was medalist.
"Our team is really deep," Mosier said. "We can get a medalist from any part of our lineup."