Perhaps the best thing Westerville South High School boys golf coach K.C. Murphy can say about his team is that it has been a steady group.

Perhaps the best thing Westerville South High School boys golf coach K.C. Murphy can say about his team is that it has been a steady group.

"They have put in the work and are just playing the course," Murphy said. "They're just trying to play smart. You can't control what anybody else does in golf, and I think they get that. They can only control their own games, and they are doing a good job of that."

The Wildcats have kept their 18-hole scores under 320 most of the season, a trend that continued Sept. 2 in the third round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament at Apple Valley. Troy Taylor was medalist with a 71, as South carded a 313 to finish second behind Dublin Jerome (301) and ahead of Dublin Scioto (326), Westerville Central (328), Hilliard Bradley (329), Westerville North (335), Hilliard Darby (366) and Canal Winchester (392).

Matt Hoffman was second for the Wildcats with a 76, followed by Jared Hrabcak (79), Jacob Kotik (87) and Trent Harris (95).

Hoffman and Hrabcak have traded time in the second and third spots this year. Kotik generally has played fourth, ahead of Simon Chaney and Harris.

"The guys are pretty laid back (about the lineup)," Murphy said. "They know they're all playing the same course on any given day, and all of their scores have the potential to count."

South shot 356 in its first tournament of the season, the Westerville Central Invitational at Little Turtle on Aug. 6, but that was without Taylor, who was competing in the Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas. Taylor finished 33rd.

In the Mount Vernon Invitational on Aug. 7 at Chapel Hill, Taylor returned and earned medalist honors with a 67, as South shot a season-best 305 to place seventh.

South is 16-5 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into the final round Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Darby Creek. The Wildcats are second behind Jerome (21-0) and ahead of Central (15-6), Scioto (14-7), Bradley (8-13), North (7-14), Darby (3-18) and Canal Winchester (0-21).

Warhawks assessing their progress

Even though Central coach Kyle Baker was disappointed with the Warhawks' finish in the third round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament, he and the team are stepping back and taking stock in their performances approximately halfway through their schedule.

"We're taking a good look at what we've done," Baker said. "We have had some of the inconsistencies that come with being a younger team, and we are trying to figure out how to cut down on them. The courses we play are difficult, and so is the competition. We are always competitive. We just have to get more consistency, from Jack Funderburg at No. 1 all the way down to our fifth spot."

Funderburg shot a 79 in the third round, followed by Zach Wengerter (80), Jacob Kenneally (84), Quinn Hanley (85) and Nick Altenbach (89).

Funderburg has the team's best round of the season, having carded a 70 in the first round of league play Aug. 10 at Turnberry.

Warriors' young players progressing

North's Spencer Jordan shot a 74 in the third round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament to tie Jerome's Jack Herceg for second overall.

Pierre Southibounnorath added an 85 for the Warriors, followed by Zane Briggs (87), David Fratianne (89) and Quinn Gray (95).

Briggs and Southibounnorath are freshmen.

"I can't ask for too much more from Spencer than what he is doing," coach Bob Markin said. "He is getting up and down and saving a lot of pars. He's hitting farther off the tee.

"I just want to see more help behind him, and that isn't happening right now. I want to see improvement before we get to sectionals (in October). The younger guys are playing well and showing some progress."