Amelia Lee was hesitant to take over as the No. 1 player on the Hilliard Davidson High School girls golf team last season as a sophomore.
One year later, after the loss of 2017 graduate Madison Marsh, Lee has accepted the role and has emerged as one of the top golfers in the area.
Lee was medalist or co-medalist in the Wildcats' six matches prior to the fourth and final round of the OCC-Central Division tournament Sept. 12 at Royal American. She entered the final round of OCC play with a nine-hole average of 38 and a 77 league average.
"She was afraid to play No. 1 a little bit last year," coach Bob Winland said. "She was a sophomore, she was young, and I had a really good senior captain (Marsh). It was easy for me because I had a senior leader that was able to take on a little bit of that pressure of playing No. 1. I told Amelia last spring that she was going to be playing No. 1 and she just smiled and said, 'Yes.' "
Through three rounds, the Wildcats were tied with Canal Winchester for fourth in the OCC-Central at 6-9, behind first-place Upper Arlington (15-0).
Lee, who was medalist (70) in the third round of league play Aug. 29 at Mentel Memorial, credits her teammates for helping her adjust to being the team's leader.
"The team is really supportive," said Lee, who made second-team all-league last season. "It's just a great environment. They're fun to play with.
"I felt like there was a lot of pressure last year. I guess last year I was less confident. This year I guess I have to carry the team."
Last season, Lee shot a 79 in the Division I district tournament, but lost to Pickerington North's Lauren Conley in a one-hole playoff for the third and final individual state-qualifying berth.
"That was a good learning experience," Winland said. "It helped. At first, it was crushing, but now ... she's been in that pressure and I think she knows how to handle it. I'm looking for a run to the state with her."
"That gives me motivation for this year," Lee said. "I really want to qualify for state."
Lee began playing competitively at age 11 upon the urging of friend Ashley Au, a junior at Olentangy Orange.
Au led the Pioneers to the state title last season, shooting a 72 to finish one stroke behind co-medalists Abby Kiefer of Dublin Jerome and Madison Butler of Medina Highland.
Lee, who played in several tournaments during the offseason and hopes to continue her career at the college level, also excels in another sport that is probably not followed closely by her schoolmates: badminton.
"She's dedicated," Winland said. "She's one of those players that is constantly dedicated to whatever she's doing, which is tough because she's also dedicated to badminton. She's constantly doing something. When she's in golf, she's focused, she practices. You watch her play and it's really amazing. It's effortless and she does a great job."
Lee is ranked first in the under-19 girls singles and doubles and sixth in mixed doubles in the USA Badminton junior rankings. She competed in the Pan-Am Junior Championships in July 2016 in Peru, winning a bronze medal in the U17 girls singles competition.
She began playing badminton competitively at age 6. Her parents, Derek and Rhonda, and her older brothers all play competitively.
"I guess I like both sports equally," Lee said. "A lot of people ask me that. I don't have a preference."
Boys golfers win
Grove City tourney
The boys golf team shot a 329 to win the 12-team Grove City Invitational on Sept. 9 at Hickory Hills, edging runner-up Gahanna (330).
Caleb Stimmel led Davidson with a 78, followed by Cole Kazmerzak (83), Jack Brown and Zach Welch (both 84) and Jacob Drees (87).
"It was a solid team effort by all of the Wildcats," coach Monte Rhoden said. "Winning by one stroke in a field of 12 schools definitely shows that every swing matters, which is just one component that makes this seemingly individual sport truly a team endeavor."
The Wildcats were third (9-6) in the OCC-Central entering the fourth and final round of the league tournament Sept. 13 at Darby Creek, behind Upper Arlington (14-1) and Dublin Coffman (13-2).
Girls tennis coach
looking for progress
Girls tennis coach Steve De Dent was looking for further improvement as his team competes in the second half of the season.
The Wildcats were 4-5 overall before playing New Albany on Sept. 13 and finished 2-3 in the OCC-Central.
"I don't think we are progressing like I would like," De Dent said. "It's not our ability to hit the ball, but our ability to get better in the mental part of the game. We don't seem to be able to focus and concentrate during the whole match. We have no patience during the match while trying to play a point, and therefore we commit a lot of unforced errors. We will keep working on it."
Girls volleyball team
off to slow start
The girls volleyball team was 0-8 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Sept. 12.
"We have had tough matches at the beginning of our season and, with graduating six seniors last year, we are a young team but getting better and improving every day," coach Betty Cameron said. "We need to continuously work hard in practice and have more of a consistent play in matches."
Last season, Davidson finished 21-3 and reached a Division I district final.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson cross country, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 16 -- Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational in Louisville, Ky.
Sept. 14 -- Darby at Rolling Meadows
Sept. 18 -- Westerville Central at Buck Ridge
Sept. 19 -- Thomas Worthington at Buck Ridge
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
*Sept. 19 -- At Upper Arlington
Sept. 14 -- At Pickerington Central
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
Sept. 14 -- At Pickerington North
Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Olentangy
Sept. 20 -- Home vs. Gahanna
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Westland
Sept. 16 -- At Mansfield Madison
*Sept. 19 -- At Marysville