Although she fell short of her goal of winning a state championship, senior Tess Fraser left her mark on the Marysville High School girls golf program.

Although she fell short of her goal of winning a state championship, senior Tess Fraser left her mark on the Marysville High School girls golf program.

Fraser made a bid for the program’s first state title in the Division I state tournament Oct. 21 and 22 on the Ohio State Gray Course before settling for second behind Geneva freshman Danielle Nicholson.

Fraser led Nicholson by one stroke after 16 holes on the final day, but her drive on the par 3, 17th hole landed in the water to the left of the green. Fraser had a double bogey and finished with a two-day total of 146.

Nicholson birdied five holes on the back nine on the final day and finished with a 143.

“It was a great high school career,” said Fraser, who bounced back after the 17th for a par on the final hole. “I did the best I could. In the end, (Nicholson) played great on the back nine. She fired it up and I just played good. She earned it.”

Fraser finished the season with a 74.5 average. She was medalist in nine of the team’s final 11 events and second in the other two.

Last season, Fraser tied for 18th (160) at state, behind champion Emily Wright (142) of Mason.

“Hopefully, I can be an inspiration to other golfers (at Marysville),” Fraser said. “I’m glad I came out here and got the opportunity to play state.”

“There’s no doubt she has left her mark,” coach Sue Wyman said. “People admire her. People look up to her. Our girls absolutely love her. We’re here (at state) supporting her all day long. We want to go visit her when she’s in college. We want her to progress. She is definitely a good role model for all girls.”

Fraser, who has verbally committed to play at Kent State, helped Marysville finish second (335) in the Raymond Memorial sectional Oct. 4, behind Dublin Coffman (330). Fraser was medalist with a 71.

Fraser’s 74.25 average in OCC-Capital Division play helped the Monarchs (20-4) finish second behind Coffman (24-0) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (15-9), Hilliard Bradley (13-11), Westerville North (5-18-1), Westerville Central (5-18-1) and Westerville South (0-24).

Fraser had the best average in the league.

“Tess has accomplished a lot in her world and she has a lot going for her for the future,” Wyman said. “I’m really proud of her. We’re not sad (that she’ll be graduating), we’re happy because she has done well and she has a lot to look for in the future.”

Other seniors were Joanne Hyun (94 average) and Sarah Hockman, who played most of the season on junior varsity.

Wyman expects junior Hannah Hunt, sophomores Jessica Cowgill and MacKenzie Edgar and freshman Rachel Murdock to be key players next season.

•The boys golf team’s opener included a hole-in-one by senior Rob Balsiger in the Marysville Invitational on Aug. 8 at Marysville Golf Club.

The shot came on the par 3, 195-yard 13th hole.

“It was surreal,” Balsiger said. “It was crazy because the greatest golfers in the world sometimes never see that. It’s just so amazing to get it.”

Other seniors were Andrew Bergandine, Dylan Erdy, Chris Grady and Wictor Rundquist, an exchange student from Sweden.

“All of the seniors were great leaders this year and will be missed,” coach Anthony Given said. “I coached most of these golfers through middle school, junior varsity and now varsity.”

Grady had a team-best 78 average followed by freshman Morgan Tarrant with an 80.

Freshman Wyant Tarrant, Morgan’s twin brother, should be another key player next season.

“The freshman twins are my returning lettermen for next year,” Given said. “It will be interesting to see who fills the other varsity positions next year. I believe we should be competitive again next year.”

The Monarchs were sixth (12-16) in the OCC-Cardinal behind Dublin Jerome (28-0), Westerville Central (23-5), Olentangy (14-14), Olentangy Liberty (14-14) and Westerville North (14-14) and ahead of Westerville South (7-21) and Dublin Scioto (0-28).

Jerome (623) won the Division I state title Oct. 21 and 22 on the Ohio State Scarlet Course.

Marysville was fifth (328) in the Darby Creek sectional Oct. 4, behind first-place Coffman (296).

“It is always sad when a season comes to an end,” Given said. “I find it to be a true honor to work with such fine young gentlemen. I am very pleased with the season as a whole.”

At a glance

Below are the recent results for the Marysville cross country, football and boys soccer teams:


Oct. 22 — Boys: Finished 10th (243) in Division I, district 2 meet at Watkins Memorial behind first-place New Albany (64). Josh Brady was 33rd (17:49.4); Girls: Finished ninth (229) in Division I, district 3 meet at Watkins Memorial, behind first-place Hilliard Davidson (43). Ashley Zani was 28th (21:22.8).


*Oct. 21 — Defeated Westerville North 30-7

*Oct. 28 — Played Dublin Scioto in season finale

Of note: The Monarchs were 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before Oct. 28.


Oct. 21 — Def. Teays Valley 3-1 in first round of Division I district tournament

Oct. 22 — Lost to second-seeded Gahanna 4-1 in second round

Of note: The Monarchs finished 4-12-2.

*League contest