The Olentangy Orange High School girls golf team closed out the Division I state tournament Oct. 21 at Ohio State’s Gray Course with a record-setting performance to win its second consecutive championship.
The Pioneers set tournament records for lowest round (297 in the second round) and lowest two-round total (602). Mason had set the previous records — 303 and 611 — in 2010.
Orange finished 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Centerville (612). Toledo St. Ursula Academy (613) was third, followed by Dublin Jerome (622), Cincinnati Ursuline (654), North Canton Hoover (667), Liberty Township Lakota East (668), Ashland (675), Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (679), Solon (683), Rocky River Magnificat (693) and Dover (723).
The Pioneers shot 305 in the first round Oct. 20 and entered the final round with a four-stroke lead over St. Ursula Academy (309). Centerville (310) was in third place after the opening round.
“I knew that if we came in under 300 we would be tough to catch, and if (a team) did catch us, then congratulations because that’s a great round,” Orange coach Cari DeAngelis said. “I knew when I was hearing some of the scores from the girls that being under 300 was a possibility and that was probably what would get it done for us.”
The Pioneers were led by Ashley Au, who tied for sixth of 72 golfers with a 145. Riley Dean and Natalia Sompolvorachai both shot a 152 to tie for 15th, followed by Alyssa Kim (153, tied for 20th) and Emily Fisher (166, tied for 39th).
“Coming in, I felt a little more pressure than last year because there were more expectations,” Au said. “After the first round, all of the nerves went away and I was able to play this round stress-free.”
Cincinnati Walnut Hills’ Katie Hallinan (137) was medalist and Solon’s Jennifer Wang (140) was runner-up. New Albany’s Madison Spiess (142) was third.
“This was my first state tournament, so I really just wanted to come out and compete,” Spiess said. “It was fun.”
Taby Robinson (148, tied for 10th) led Jerome, followed Abby Kiefer (151, tied for 12th), Ash Abhang (161, tied for 30th), Caitlin Yant (164, tied for 34th) and Meaghan Yant (166, tied for 39th).
Gahanna’s Kayla Davis (153, tied for 20th) competed as an individual.