The Upper Arlington High School girls golf team wrapped up OCC-Ohio Division play Sept. 8, exactly four weeks before it participates in a Division I sectional tournament.

The Upper Arlington High School girls golf team wrapped up OCC-Ohio Division play Sept. 8, exactly four weeks before it participates in a Division I sectional tournament.

Coach Kristi Ghidotti's to-do list for that time span is short.

"Working on approach shots is mainly all we are doing at practice," Ghidotti said. "We are working mostly from 180 (yards) and in. Sometimes I will take them down to 120 and in, but what happens around the green is what's keeping us from being stronger than we are. We need to really work on 3-putts and getting those approach shots closer to the pin so we can one-putt instead of getting on the green and three-putting.

"We have to get those bump-and-runs in. Some of the girls have it. Others aren't quite there yet."

Playing without one of its regulars in Riley Carpenter, UA carded a 336 in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Ohio tournament at Westchester to finish third behind Pickerington North (325) and Hilliard Davidson (329) and ahead of Canal Winchester (340), Gahanna (346), Hilliard Darby (396), Thomas Worthington (417) and Lancaster (418).

The Bears went 21-7 in league play to finish second behind North (27-1), which won its eighth league championship in 10 seasons, and ahead of Davidson (20-8), Canal Winchester (19-9), Gahanna (13-15), Thomas (6-22), Darby (4-24) and Lancaster (2-26).

UA's top golfer, junior Sophie Hemleben, shot a 75 in the final round to share medalist honors with Hilliard Davidson's Amelia Lee. Hemleben hit 13 fairways during the round and closed with seven consecutive pars.

Also scoring for the Bears were senior Kelli Kahle (83), junior Anne McAllister (86) and junior Ally Rardon (92). Senior Ally Ventresca shot a 95.

"Sophie can hit the ball pretty far," Kahle said of Hemleben, who carded the team's best round of the season with a 72 on Aug 7 in the Panther Invitational at Turnberry. "We have practiced (approach shots) and chipping a lot. That's where we have to get better."

For the most part, UA's lineup has been stable. With Hemleben in the top spot, Carpenter and Kahle have been either second or third, ahead of Rardon or Ventresca in the fourth spot and McAllister or Ventresca in fifth.

Senior Maddy Stewart has alternated between varsity and junior varsity.

UA also hopes the next few weeks provide enough time for Carpenter to recover from tendonosis in her right rotator cuff. Carpenter, who was averaging 90 shots per round before being sidelined, had battled through the injury the first three weeks of the season but had to withdraw from the Central Ohio Open on Aug. 29 at The Links at Groveport. She said she hopes to return in time for sectional play Oct. 6.

McAllister has helped fill the void. Her round at Westchester was her best of the season.

The Bears' season continues Saturday, Sept. 19, with the Canal Winchester Invitational at Westchester.

"Losing Riley has slowed things down a little, but Anne McAllister is showing a lot of promise," Hemleben said.

"We just want to remain solid and have everybody consistently in the 80s, at least. Hopefully I am in the 70s, and Kelli, too. It comes down to the fourth and fifth players being in the 80s, and hopefully if they are, it'll give us an edge."