After favorable conditions through much of the season, Thomas Worthington High School boys golf coach Jay Addy said his team is getting acquainted with postseason weather.
The Cardinals finished 12th (357) in the 18-team Howlett Invitational on Sept. 22 at Worthington Hills behind champion Upper Arlington (336). After sultry summer weather through the first six weeks of the season, rain and wind played havoc on the competitors, much like the conditions faced during many postseason rounds.
"We played the Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills in 50 mph winds," Addy said. "Unfortunately, high school golf in Ohio during this time of year can serve up some rough weather.
"Having had a chance to play our past few rounds in tough weather conditions will only help us prepare for the sectional tournament. I'd rather our team get exposed to these types of weather conditions now than having that happen at sectionals and be unprepared."
The Cardinals will play Tuesday, Oct. 2, in a Division I sectional at Granville Golf Course. The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
In the OCC-Central Division, the Cardinals finished fourth (13-15) behind UA (27-1), Dublin Coffman (24-4) and Olentangy Liberty (21-7) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (12-16), Marysville (11-17), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).
As a testament to the rugged nature of the league, UA finished third (629) and Coffman was fourth (636) in last year's state tournament at OSU's Scarlet Course. Dublin Jerome (623) won.
Freshman Curtis Salmans had an OCC-Central average of 81.75 and sophomore Dominic Caminiti averaged 83.25 to lead the Cardinals. They were named third-team all-league.
"Curtis Salmans and Dominic Caminiti have continued to be a nice 1-2 punch for our team," Addy said. "They have shown the tremendous ability to battle back from a bad hole and still come in with a low score."
Last year in the Division I sectional at Darby Creek, Thomas finished 12th (369) of 14 teams behind district-qualifiers Coffman (296), Davidson (317), Liberty (323) and Big Walnut (324). The Cardinals did not have any individual district qualifiers. Senior Nathan Ensminger (89) led the team followed by senior Nick Havard (90), junior Sam Ankrom (91) and junior Joshua Zeledon (94).
"One of our strengths is that we have a tight-knit team that picks each other up," Addy said. "We also have a nice mix of older players who have been here before and talented younger players as well. We know that we have the ability to go low on any given day, we just have to make it happen at sectional."
Wolves girls team to play at Groveport
The Kilbourne girls team opens the Division I postseason Tuesday, Oct. 2, in a sectional at The Links at Groveport. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
Last season, Kilbourne finished seventh (420) in the nine-team Division I sectional at The Links at Groveport behind Pickerington North (354), UA (375) and Canal Winchester (398).
"We're at The Links at Groveport, which I think is a tougher course than Mentel Memorial where we played well in our final OCC tournament," coach Brian Riegel said. "But everyone has to play the same course (at sectional), and we have been playing well recently."
The Wolves finished fourth (12-12) in the OCC-Capital behind Coffman (24-0), Hilliard Bradley (17-7) and Marysville (16-8) and ahead of Westerville Central (11-13), Westerville South (4-20) and Westerville North (0-24).
In the final OCC-Capital tournament Sept. 12 at Mentel Memorial, the Wolves finished second (338) behind Coffman (303). Sophomore Diana Flynn (77) led Kilbourne followed by freshman Micah Vincent (81), junior Leah Nourse (87), sophomore Brianna Hammond (93) and sophomore Audrey Whitaker (109).
Flynn was second-team all-league and Vincent was honorable mention.
"That OCC was a good jumping off point going into sectional," Riegel said. "I feel pretty strong that we can get out as a team and Diana has been playing great for us. (Through Sept. 20) she has been medalist in six matches, which breaks a record for our program from 2000."
Wolves boys team off to Darby Creek
The Kilbourne boys team will play Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Last season, the Wolves finished 10th (344) in the nine-team Division I sectional at Darby Creek. Senior Sam O'Harra shot an 87 and senior Davis Wolff had an 88.
In the OCC-Cardinal this year, Kilbourne was seventh (4-24) behind Jerome (28-0), Westerville North (21-7), Westerville Central (21-7), Bradley (14-14), Westerville South (12-16), Hilliard Darby (4-24) and Dublin Scioto (1-27).
Sophomore David Gorman had an OCC-Cardinal average of 87.5 and Wolff averaged 87.75 to earn honorable mention all-league.
Cardinals girls team draws Groveport
The Thomas girls play Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Division I sectional at The Links at Groveport.
On Sept. 12, Thomas finished fourth (372) in the final round of the OCC-Ohio tournament at Oakhaven behind champion Pickerington North (331). Sophomore Sydney Kelly (84) led the Cardinals followed by junior Ally Lucas (89), junior Claudia Podolski (93), junior Madison Morman (106) and sophomore Francie Zidonis (108).
In the OCC-Ohio, the Cardinals finished fourth (13-15) behind Pickerington North (28-0), UA (24-4) and Watkins Memorial (20-8) and ahead of Gahanna (12-16), Davidson (11-17), Lancaster (4-24) and Darby (0-28).
Last season, in the Division I sectional at Raymond Memorial, the Cardinals finished fifth (390) behind district-qualifiers Jerome (301), Liberty (353) and Marysville (363).