The Thomas Worthington High School boys golf team is preparing to compete in a 13-team Division I sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Turnberry.
The Cardinals are seeded 11th of 39 teams in the district. Among the other teams competing at their sectional site are top-seeded Pickerington North, seventh-seeded Olentangy, eighth-seeded Mount Vernon and 10th-seeded Granville.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams at each sectional site advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
The Cardinals are led by sophomore Curtis Salmans, who qualified for district individually last year and went on to make state, where he carded a 177 (88-89) over two rounds to tie three others for 57th in the 72-player field. He was the only freshman to qualify for state as an individual in Division I a year ago.
The fourth and final round of the OCC-Central Division tournament was held Sept. 16 at Turnberry after being postponed Sept. 11 because of bad weather. The Cardinals shot a 329 to place sixth, behind Dublin Coffman (302), Upper Arlington (304), Hilliard Davidson (322), Marysville (325) and Olentangy Liberty (325) and ahead of Central Crossing (361) and Westland (396).
Salmans led Thomas with a 76, followed by junior Dominic Caminiti (82) and seniors Josh Zeledon (85), Sam Ankrom (86) and Jack Uhlman (88).
The Cardinals finished sixth in the OCC-Central at 10-18, behind Coffman (28-0), UA (23-5), Liberty (19-9), Marysville (15-13) and Davidson (13-15) and ahead of Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).
Salmans had a 74.75-stroke average in the league tournament and made first-team all-league.
Caminiti (79.75) was third-team all-league.
Wolves heading to Darby Creek sectional
Kilbourne will compete in a 13-team Division I sectional Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Darby Creek.
The Wolves are seeded 27th in the district. Among the other teams competing at the sectional site are third-seeded Coffman and fourth-seeded New Albany.
Kilbourne, which did not have any individual district qualifiers a year ago, shot a 342 in the final round of the OCC-Capital tournament Sept. 18 at Granville Golf Course to finish sixth, behind New Albany (315), Mount Vernon (323), Olentangy (328), Big Walnut (337) and Delaware (341) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (346) and Franklin Heights (556).
Juniors David Gorman and Tate VanArsdale each carded an 84 to lead the Wolves in the fourth round, which had been scheduled for Sept. 11 but was postponed because of bad weather.
Also competing were sophomore Jacob Streets (86), sophomore Jack Maloney (88) and senior Riley Hull (92).
Kilbourne finished sixth (8-20) in the OCC, behind New Albany (27-1), Olentangy (24-4), Mount Vernon (19-9), Big Walnut (14-14) and Orange (13-15) and ahead of Delaware (7-21) and Franklin Heights (0-28).
Gorman (82.0) and VanArsdale (84.25) both made honorable mention all-league.
— Scott Hennen