The Westerville Central High School girls golf team has continued to take strides forward this season.
Last fall, the Warhawks more than doubled their league win total from 2011 when they finished 11-13 in the OCC-Capital Division.
Central is fourth in the league standings at 14-10 heading into the fourth and final round Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Westchester behind Dublin Coffman (24-0), Worthington Kilbourne (20-4) and Marys-ville (19-5) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley (13-11), Westerville South (9-15), Grove City (6-18), Westerville North (1-23) and Dela-ware (0-24).
The Warhawks finished fourth (359) in the third round Aug. 27 at Mentel Memorial behind Coffman (308), Kilbourne (333) and Marysville (344).
“I’m really proud of how my girls are competing this year and of how our senior leaders have set the tone for the season,” coach Steve Stewart said. “They work hard every day in practice and their scores are reflecting the hard work that they’ve put in.”
Junior Ana Borish has an 83.7-stroke average in league play, followed by sophomore Ellyn Briggs (85.7) and seniors Emma O’Brien (96) and Alexandra Hansen (103).
According to Stewart, the Warhawks have lowered their scoring average in league play from 381 last season to 368.
“The biggest highlight of the year so far has been seeing how much they’ve all improved since last year and how well they all get along with each other,” Stewart said.
Warriors coach sees improvement
Because of scheduling conflicts and player obligations, North has not competed in any events outside the nine-team OCC-Capital tournament.
Freshman Lizzy Nelson is leading the team with a 105.5-stroke average. She shot a 99 in the third round of the league tournament, as the Warriors carded a 561 to post a team score for the first time this year. North finished eighth in the round and earned its only league win as Delaware did not post a team score.
Also on the team are sophomores Phoebe Alicardi, Diana Asta and Zoe Willan and freshman Kaylee Joseph.
“We haven’t had a dual match to date, but the girls are improving greatly on their knowledge of the rules of golf and how to carry themselves on the course,” coach Lane Halterman said. “Some of the girls did not have the summer to work on their swing, and we are focusing on the fundamentals and golf etiquette in practice. Some of the girls are still pretty new to the sport, but we definitely have potential in our future.”
Davenport leading way for Wildcats
Junior Felicia Davenport is sixth in the OCC-Capital in stroke average at 80.7 through three rounds.
The five players with better scoring averages all play for Coffman. Shamrocks junior Kamerine Taylor leads the league with a 73 average.
Davenport shot a 77 in the second round Aug. 13 at The Links at Groveport to tie for fourth overall. She then carded an 84 in the third round, in which the Wildcats finished sixth (410).
South’s next-best scorers in league play are senior Kaitlin Carlisle (103.3) and sophomore Kiely Stroupe (106.3).