The addition of three new players has changed the complexion of the Olentangy Orange High School girls golf team this fall.

The addition of three new players has changed the complexion of the Olentangy Orange High School girls golf team this fall.

The last player for the Pioneers capable of shooting as low as freshmen Ashley Au and Riley Dean and sophomore Alyssa Kim was 2010 graduate Kristen Helmsdoerfer, a two-time state qualifier.

Au is leading the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament through three rounds with a 72 stroke average. Dean and Kim are averaging 76.7 and 79, respectively.

Orange is second with a 15-3 record heading into the final round of the league tournament Tuesday, Sept. 8, at The Links at Groveport, behind seven-time defending champion Dublin Jerome (18-0).

Kim, a transfer from Columbus Academy, has joined Au, Dean and junior returnee Brittany Miller to help Orange produce one of the area's biggest turnarounds. The Pioneers went 4-20 in the league a year ago.

"I'm very happy with how everything is going so far," coach Cari DeAngelis said. "The girls have been playing well and we've been competitive in all of the matches we've played. We had a little bit of a struggle recently now that the girls are back in school, but I think they'll be OK once they get used to having school and golf together.

"Ashley Au has been our No. 1 going out since tryouts. She's been very consistent with her play, shooting multiple rounds in the 70s. I don't think anyone has been a surprise. I know how much work my returnees were putting in throughout the summer, so I expected them to come in hitting the ball well."

Patriots show depth in league tourney

Although Liberty does not have anyone averaging in the 70s in the league tournament, all of its competitors have averaged better than 96.

The Patriots are third in the OCC-Cardinal with a 12-6 record after finishing as runners-up a year ago.

Sophomore Priyasha Kota (82 average), freshman Kavya Manocha (87), junior Camryn Calus (91.7) and senior Reilly Hass (95.3) have competed in all three rounds of the league tournament. Senior Sidney Kadlic didn't play in the first round but averaged 80.5 in the next two.

Sophomore Makenna Brown has been another key contributor.

Raines, Cardi leading way for Braves

Olentangy has a 9-9 record heading into the final round of OCC-Cardinal tournament.

Junior Kara Raines shot 76 in the second round of the league tournament Aug. 11 at Westchester and is averaging 79.7, the league's sixth-best average. Junior Alex Cardi also has been a standout and ranks among the top 10 in the OCC-Cardinal with an 82 average.

"We're getting better every time we get out on the course," coach John Feasel said.

Also competing in league matches have been sophomores Maddie Gwinn and Taylor Renzi and freshman Samantha Wilson.

Prior to the league tournament, the Braves have a match against Delaware on Thursday, Sept. 3, at Oakhaven.