The Westerville Central High School boys golf team remains within striking distance of Dublin Jerome heading into the fourth and final round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Darby Creek.
Jerome, the two-time defending Division I state champion, is 21-0 through three rounds and is closing in on its 10th league title in as many seasons as a program. The Warhawks are second at 18-3, followed by Westerville South (13-8), Dublin Scioto (10-11), Westerville North (8-13), Hilliard Bradley (7-14), Hilliard Darby (7-14) and Canal Winchester (0-21).
In the third round Aug. 28 at Apple Valley, senior Jacob English and junior Austin Kondratick each shot a 4-over-par 76 to lead Central, which carded a 315 to place second behind Jerome (300). South was third (321), followed by North (340), Darby (345), Bradley (348), Scioto (351) and Canal Winchester (466).
Central also got rounds of 80 from senior Eric Briggs and freshman Jack Funderburg and an 83 from junior Buck Carson. Senior Justin Arens carded a 73 to lead South and lower his average in the tournament to a league-best 72.66, just ahead of Jerome’s J.D. Fletcher and Jack Herceg, both of whom have a 73.33 average. English is fourth (73.66).
Sophomore Matt Hoffman added an 81 for South, followed by junior Austin Maurice (83), sophomore Jared Hrabcak (83) and senior Nick Cafaro (93).
Freshman Malik Sammons shot a 78 to lead North, followed by freshman Ryan Pannell (83), freshman Justin Evans (89), sophomore Spencer Jordan (90) and freshman David Fratianne (94).
Arens shot a career-best 69 for the third time and earned medalist honors in the Kent Miller Colonial Fall Classic on Aug. 24 at Hiawatha. South shot a 315 to tie for fourth behind champion St. Charles (312) in the 24-team field.