The Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team has dominated league play for most of the past decade, but Westerville teams claimed some of the spotlight in the last of four OCC-Cardinal Division tournaments Sept. 11 at Darby Creek.
Although the Celtics won their 10th league title in as many years as a program, Westerville Central tied Jerome for first (300) at Darby Creek and won on the fifth-player tiebreaker. Westerville South senior Justin Arens shot a 70 to finish the four tournaments with a league-leading 72 average and earn Player of the Year honors.
Central senior Jacob English, who shot a 73 at Darby Creek to place third, finished league play with a 73.5 average, second to Arens. Junior Austin Kondratick shot a 74 for the Warhawks, followed by junior Buck Carson (75), freshman Jack Funderburg (78) and senior Eric Briggs (82).
South shot 327 to place third, followed by Dublin Scioto (332), Hilliard Bradley (334), Hilliard Darby (346), Westerville North (351) and Canal Winchester (433).
Jerome finished 27-1 in the league, ahead of Central (25-3), South (18-10), Scioto (14-14), Bradley (10-18), Darby (9-19), North (9-19) and Canal Winchester (0-28).
It was the first OCC loss for Jerome -- the two-time defending Division I state champion -- since 2005, when the Celtics tied Pickerington North for first in the OCC-Cardinal with a 15-5 record. Jerome is 241-7 in league matches since the school opened in 2004.
Sophomore Jared Hrabcak shot an 81 for South, followed by sophomore Matt Hoffman (85), junior Austin Maurice (91) and senior Justin Cafaro (97).
North was led by sophomore Spencer Jordan's 79, followed by freshmen Malik Sammons (84), Ryan Pannell (88), Justin Evans (100) and David Fratianne (105).
All three teams begin postseason play Oct. 1 in a Division I sectional tournament. Central and North will compete at Turnberry, while South will play at Darby Creek.
— Dave Purpura