Big Walnut High School boys golf coach Chuck Workman likes what he has seen from his team in the early stages of the season.

Big Walnut High School boys golf coach Chuck Workman likes what he has seen from his team in the early stages of the season.

The Golden Eagles opened Aug. 6 by shooting a 345 to tie Cincinnati Sycamore for 13th in the 23-team New Albany Eagle Invitational at Longaberger, behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (298).

Big Walnut was led by junior Justin Schone, who shot an 82.

On Aug. 10, the Golden Eagles scored a 336 in the first round of the OCC-Capital Division tournament at Apple Valley, placing fifth behind New Albany (309), Olentangy (314), Olentangy Orange (330) and Mount Vernon (330) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (340) and Delaware (355). Franklin Heights did not have a team score.

Sophomore Michael Ford carded an 81 to lead Big Walnut, followed by junior Parker Imertreijs (83), Schone (84), junior Nick Dimitroff (88) and junior Trevor Dew (92).

The Golden Eagles will compete in the second round Monday, Aug. 17, at Darby Creek. Last season, they finished 16-12 in the four-round league tournament to tie Mount Vernon for third, behind New Albany (28-0) and Orange (22-6).

"Scoring a 336 at Apple Valley is a great score for us so far," said Workman, who is in his sixth season. "Our kids have gotten bigger and stronger, but you can also tell many have played in the offseason."

Big Walnut finished seventh (330) of 14 teams in the Pickerington Central Tiger Invitational on Aug. 11 at Turnberry, behind champion Hartley (304). Senior Jake Wilson led the team with an 80, followed by Imertreijs (81).

The next day, the Golden Eagles shot 330 again in the 16-team Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek, finishing eighth behind the champion, St. Charles' B team (300). Schone carded a team-best 78, followed by Dew (82).

Workman said he was pleased with the consistency he saw from his team at Turnberry and Darby Creek.

"Several guys are shooting in the low 80s and I told the team that they've shot well," Workman said. "But we need to take the next step, have some shoot in the 70s consistently."

Also on the team are juniors Ben Saxe, Henry von Hollen and Connor Walzak.

"We will have a well-balanced group with regards to scoring," Workman said. "I think as this season goes on, we'll get a lot better."

Big Walnut lost four of its five players who competed in the Division I sectional last season at Clover Valley, where it finished sixth (332) behind champion New Albany (296). Competing at sectional were Wilson and 2015 graduates Kyle Bash, Kyle Gose, Ryan Cunningham and Chad Little.

Gose shot a 75 at sectional to qualify for district, where he carded an 83 at Apple Valley to tie for 53rd in the 90-player field.

"We have seven juniors who have plenty of knowledge of what to do in pressure situations," Ford said. "Our work in the offseason is really paying off and we are constantly getting better."