Worthington Kilbourne High School girls golf coach Brian Riegel believed his program might be in for its best season since he took over 16 years ago, and every indicator thus far is he’s correct in that preseason assessment.
The Wolves are second (20-4) in the OCC-Capital Division behind Dublin Coffman (24-0) entering the final round of the league tournament Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Westchester.
In addition, the 319 that Kilbourne carded while finishing third behind Dublin Jerome (283) and Coffman (284) in the 17-team Wolves Invitational on Aug. 8 at Glenross was a program record for 18 holes.
“Our season has been a good one so far,” Riegel said. “We have had some great scores and feel like we are still gaining momentum. … This year’s team is the strongest I have coached in 16 years coaching at (Kilbourne).”
During the 11-team morning wave of the Panther Invitational on Aug. 17 at Turnberry, Kilbourne shot 368 to tie Upper Arlington for first but lost the tiebreaker on fifth-player score.
The Wolves placed second (333) in the third round of the league tournament Aug. 27 at Mentel Memorial behind Coffman (308) as junior Diana Flynn led with a 79, followed by sophomore Micah Vincent (83), freshman Ashley Flynn (84) and senior Leah Nourse (87).
Ashley Flynn, who shot a 77 during the first round of the league tournament Aug. 7 at Oakhaven, is averaging 81.7 in league play. She is followed by Diana Flynn (82.7), Vincent (84.3) and Nourse (96).
On Aug. 29 at Wedgewood, Kilbourne beat Thomas Worthington 174-197 as Diana Flynn was medalist (38).
“Micah Vincent, Diana Flynn and Ashley Flynn have all played in the No. 1 position, scoring in the 70s multiple times,” Riegel said. “Senior Leah Nourse has been working on a new swing that is beginning to come through for her, with her shooting in the 80s as well.”
Cardinals also having strong year
Thomas is second in the OCC-Ohio at 17-4 entering the final round of league play Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Mentel Memorial.
In the third round of the league tournament Aug. 27 at The Links at Groveport, the Cardinals finished second (377) behind Pickerington North (339).
Junior Sydney Kelly was second (78) behind North’s Kristin Oliphant (76) and is fourth (82.7) in overall league stroke average behind Gahanna’s Emily Hughes (76.3), Oliphant (78.7) and Upper Arlington’s Leah Mills (81.7).
Following Kelly in league stroke average are seniors Ally Lucas (91.7) and Claudia Podolski (94.3) and junior Francie Zidonis (99.3).
Lucas shot a 78 to finish second behind Hughes (74) in the second round of the league tournament Aug. 13 at Oakhaven as the Cardinals placed second (349) behind North (345).
North leads the OCC-Ohio at 21-0.