When the members of the Dublin Jerome High School girls golf team found themselves in a pinch last weekend during the Division I state tournament, they didn't have to look far for encouragement.

When the members of the Dublin Jerome High School girls golf team found themselves in a pinch last weekend during the Division I state tournament, they didn't have to look far for encouragement.

They carried constant reminders in the form of note cards with uplifting messages that helped them keep their heads up.

The Celtics, despite featuring five players who never had competed at state before, rarely looked fazed on the way to capturing the championship at the Ohio State Gray Course.

"(Sybil Robinson's) dad made us these inspirational cards and they helped keep us fighting," senior Joon-Hee Shim said. "They said things like, 'I will never surrender.' Whenever we were struggling, that helped us."

Those moments were limited because of one other key reason: Jerome's consistency.

During the opening round of the state tournament Oct. 21, all five of the Celtics' players shot between 77 and 83 to help them build a seven-stroke lead.

Then in the final round Oct. 22, Shim, Robinson and Maite Erana turned in rounds below 76 to help clinch the title by 14 strokes.

Jerome shot 627, with Massillon Jackson (641) and Medina Highland (642) taking the next two spots. Gahanna, which shot 330 at district Oct. 11 at Bent Tree to finish behind the Celtics (312), came in eighth (677).

Geneva freshman Danielle Nicholson won the individual medalist honor with a 143, followed by Marysville senior Tess Fraser (146) and Rocky River Magnificat sophomore Ali Nageotte (149).

Shim tied West Chester Lakota West senior Ali Green with a 151 that earned them the final two spots on the all-state first team.

Jerome also won the state title during its last appearance in 2005.

"The girls went out and got ice cream (after the first round) and treated (the final round) like it was just another match," coach C.D. Butcher said. "Especially with having so many young girls, still after 21 matches I find myself amazed at what they're able to do some days."

Shim was the Celtics' only senior. Robinson, a freshman, turned in a 158 that left her 13th and just one stroke from second-team all-state honors.

Sophomore Lexie Toth and Erana, who also is a freshman, each shot 159 to tie for 14th. The Celtics' other competitor, junior Jenna DiPaolo, tied for 37th (168).

Shim led the way in the opening round with a 77, followed by Toth (79), Robinson (81) and both Erana and DiPaolo (83). Shim had a 74 in the final round, followed by Erana (76), Robinson (77), Toth (80) and DiPaolo (85).

"It feels good to win," Robinson said. "We're all good friends out there."

The Celtics got a big boost when Erana joined the program in early August after moving from Mexico. Erana, who had played on a junior tour for four years, immediately became one of the team's top five scorers.

Jerome went undefeated in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 24-0 for its seventh league title in eight seasons and its fourth in a row. Shim was league medalist in each of her first three seasons, but this season settled for second (76.25) behind Toth (75.5) while Robinson was third (80).

The Celtics began the postseason by shooting a 301 to win the Raymond Memorial sectional Oct. 4 as Erana led with a 73.

At district, Shim shot 75 to finish one stroke behind Fraser for medalist honors. Robinson (77), Toth (78), Erana (82) and DiPaolo (87) rounded out the scoring.

"It was a big change for me moving in from Mexico and I really want to thank my team for giving me a chance to play with them," Erana said. "It's something that all of us wanted and we deserved it a lot. We worked pretty hard as a team."

"It's amazing, phenomenal," Toth said as she held the team's championship trophy Oct. 22. "Our (Nos.) 3, 4 and 5 players helped us so much because if Joon or I have a bad day, we know we can still do well."