The Delaware Hayes High School boys golf team is under the guidance of first-year coach Jeff Olson after Mike Nesselroad stepped down following 22 seasons.

The Delaware Hayes High School boys golf team is under the guidance of first-year coach Jeff Olson after Mike Nesselroad stepped down following 22 seasons.

Olson, the PGA head professional at the Golf Club of Dublin, took a "vacation" from the Pacers after the opening week of the season to compete in the PGA Championship, which concludes Sunday, Aug. 16, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.

Olson, a Dublin Coffman graduate who played three seasons at Ohio State, qualified for his first major championship by finishing in the top 20 (tied for 16th with a 3-over-par 285) in the PGA Professional National Championship that concluded July 1 in Philadelphia.

Olson, 36, is being assisted by John Hague III, the club pro at Oakhaven.

"I look up to him," senior Grant Godfrey said of Olson. "He's living his dream and he's where I want to be after high school and college. He's an inspiration to me and seeing him motivates me to get better."

Godfrey is seeking his second trip to the Division I state tournament. He tied for 28th at state as a sophomore, but fell short of returning to Ohio State's Scarlet Course last season, tying for 21st at district with a 79 at Apple Valley.

He is one of only three Pacers who has competed at state, with the others being Tim Ailes in 1988 and Travis Dalton in 1986.

Godfrey advanced to district a year ago by carding a 77 at sectional at Clover Valley, where Delaware finished ninth (358) of 13 teams. He averaged 73.6 for the season and made first-team all-OCC-Capital Division for the second consecutive season after being second-team all-league as a freshman.

An offseason injury appears to have had little effect on Godfrey. He broke his right elbow in a car accident Dec. 28 and underwent surgery in late January, leaving him with five screws and a titanium plate in his elbow. Doctors initially told him he might not play golf again.

"I've been hitting the ball well and I'm working hard to get my putter back to where it should be so I can get my rounds back in the 60s again," said Godfrey, who has taken college visits to Bowling Green and Toledo and has one scheduled for Longwood in Farmville, Va. "But things are going pretty well overall."

Other returnees are junior David Kelly, who shot a 92 at sectional last year, and junior Sam Midura. Rounding out the early-season lineup have been senior Mitch Fanok and sophomore Jared Piroska.

Delaware opened Aug. 6, finishing last (389) in the 23-team New Albany Eagle Invitational at Longaberger, behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (298). Godfrey led the Pacers with a 78, followed by Kelly with a 97.

In the first round of the OCC-Capital tournament Aug. 10 at Apple Valley, the Pacers finished seventh (355) behind New Albany (309), Olentangy (314), Olentangy Orange (330), Mount Vernon (330), Big Walnut (336) and Worthington Kilbourne (340). Franklin Heights did not have a team score.

Godfrey tied for second with a 76 to lead Delaware. Midura (92) was next for the Pacers, followed by Kelly (93), Piroska (94) and Fanok (98).

Last season, Delaware finished 5-23 in the OCC-Capital to place seventh behind champion New Albany (28-0).

Godfrey was medalist in the 13-team Steve Youmans Classic on Aug. 8 at Oakhaven with a 71, as Delaware placed 12th (337). Kelly (86) was next for the Pacers.

Improved play goal for girls golf team

The girls golf team is hoping to move up in the OCC-Cardinal standings in its second full season.

The Pacers finished seventh (1-17) last season behind champion Dublin Jerome (24-0). They started their program in 2013, although there were not enough participants to compete as a full team and post team scores.

"I would like for the girls to challenge for the top four in the OCC-Cardinal," third-year coach Steve Lehman said. "I would also like them to continue to improve and enjoy the game."

The Pacers should be buoyed by the return of senior C.C. Bargar and junior Bailey Hager. Last season, Barger made honorable mention all-league and carded a team-best 101 in the Division I sectional at Royal American, where the Pacers shot a 449 to finish ninth of 10 teams.

"C.C. Bargar is our veteran leader," Lehman said. "She is entering her third year on the girls team after playing on the boys team her freshman year. C.C. has a solid overall game, with her driving ability as her strength.

"Bailey Hager is entering her third year on the girls team. She has a very consistent swing and her putting is greatly improved over the past year."

Other returning letterwinners are sophomores Riley Geiger and Kelly Horvath. Completing the roster are sophomores Emma Tucky and Anna Wells and freshman Sophia Zehner. Tucky is injured and awaiting bone spur surgery.

"Sophia Zehner looks to be a bright star so far, becoming our No. 3 player after qualifying rounds," Lehman said. "She played on our middle school team last year and played in a number of tournaments over the summer, which has given her some competitive experience.

"Anna Wells is in her first year and has a very solid swing. As she learns the game and her short game improves, she may challenge some of the other girls for higher spots."

Delaware opened Aug. 6 in the first round of OCC-Cardinal play at Mentel Memorial, shooting a 401 to place sixth behind Jerome (315), Orange (333), Olentangy Liberty (360), Olentangy (378) and Pickerington Central (394) and ahead of New Albany (411).

Hager led the Pacers with a 96.

In the second round Aug. 11 at Westchester, Bargar carded an 87 as Delaware (398) finished seventh, behind Jerome (297), Orange (307), Liberty (334), Olentangy (368), Central (386) and New Albany (390).

The Pacers finished seventh (390) behind champion Orange (321) in the 14-team Olentangy Classic on Aug. 7 at Oakhaven as Hager and Bargar both shot 92.