For all the questions Upper Arlington High School boys golf coach Troy Arbaugh had entering his first season with the team, most of them have been answered -- and not necessarily how he expected.
While Matt Cramer and Quinn Patterson have anchored the Golden Bears' lineup, just as Arbaugh expected, Arbaugh has been just as pleased with his other three golfers in Grant Menke, Joe Mollica and Jud Turner. All five averaged 82 or better during the four-round OCC-Central Division tournament, which UA won with a 20-0 record.
Patterson averaged 73.5 to earn league Player of the Year honors, just ahead of Cramer in second place (75). Menke averaged 79.5, followed by Turner (80.5) and Mollica (82).
The Bears shot a 312 in the fourth round Sept. 12 at Darby Creek to finish ahead of Hilliard Davidson (315), Dublin Coffman (318), Marysville (331), Central Crossing (395) and Westland (500).
Cramer and Patterson both shot a 74, followed by Mollica (81) and Menke (83). Turner added an 86.
"I told the team before the season that as far as Matt and Quinn were concerned, I knew what I was going to get out of those guys. Of the other three, who would show up?," Arbaugh said. "They all have. Everybody has contributed for us so far this year. Our third spot has been solid with Jud, but Grant and Joe have flipped back and forth a few times. I like seeing that competition, and I encourage it."
Coffman and Davidson tied for second in the OCC-Central at 14-6, followed by Marysville (8-12), Central Crossing (3-17) and Westland (1-19).
Despite Patterson edging Cramer for league Player of the Year, Cramer has been UA's top golfer throughout the season.
"Matt has solidified that spot, but Quinn has been nipping at his heels all year and even got past him in the league tournament," Arbaugh said. "I told the guys on all three teams (varsity A, varsity B and junior varsity), all 17 of them, that if there was movement, if guys showed they were capable of moving up a level, that could happen. So far, though, it's been our same five on varsity A, six on varsity B and six on (j.v.). I might have preferred that a few guys from the B team step up and get closer to an A spot, but the flip side of that is it's good nobody from the A team has fallen back."
Girls golfers prep for home tourney
Despite losing one of its top players early in the season to injury, the girls golf team has managed to keep its scores low in finishing second in the OCC-Central.
Led by Emily Hummer's co-medalist round of 70, UA shot a 304 in the fourth and final round of the league tournament Sept. 12 at Westchester to finish second behind New Albany (289) and ahead of Coffman (316), Davidson (368), Canal Winchester (374) and Marysville (377). The Bears went 15-5 in the league, second behind New Albany (20-0) and ahead of Coffman (13-7), Davidson (8-12) and Canal Winchester and Marysville (both 2-18).
Lizzie Murray has been out since late August with a back injury, and coach Steve Ford said her return is uncertain. She shot a 73 in her final round, the Lady Elk Invitational on Aug. 20 at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, to help UA to a program-record score of 297.
"When you lose a girl who shoots a 73, usually the next girl who has to contribute is shooting 85 or 88 unless you're really deep," Ford said.
"We just can't ask Emily Hummer to go out and shoot a 58 or 59. We just chipped away at making up those strokes and we ended up shooting a 304. It came from everyone."
Also scoring Sept. 12 were Julia Rabadam (73), Lilly Carine (80) and Anna Grillo (81). Reagan Nolan shot an 82.
UA has two 18-hole tournaments remaining in the regular season, beginning with the inaugural Lady Bear Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Brookside. Rounding out the field will be Centerville, Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Gahanna, New Albany, two-time defending Division I state champion Olentangy Orange, Toledo St. Ursula and UA's B team.
Girls soccer team off to strong start
The girls soccer team had won six of eight games before playing Jerome on Sept. 18, including a comeback win and a victory to start OCC-Central play last week.
UA, which was 7-3 overall before playing Jerome, defeated Central Crossing 3-0 in its league opener Sept. 13. Two nights earlier, the Bears fell behind 2-0 at DeSales before rallying for a 4-3 win.
UA lost 3-1 at Gahanna on Sept. 15.
Freshman Abby Reisz had a team-high eight goals through nine games. Sydney Lape had five goals and Camryn Callaghan, also a freshman, had three.
UA returns to league play Thursday, Sept. 20, at home against Davidson.
Below are the coming schedules for the Upper Arlington cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis, girls volleyball and water polo teams:
Sept. 22 -- Boys: Saturday Night Lights at Centerville; Girls: Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster
*Sept. 24 -- At Olentangy Orange
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
Sept. 22 -- Upper Arlington Masters Invitational at Scioto Country Club
Sept. 20 -- Lady Bear Invitational at Brookside
Sept. 22 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Sept. 26 -- Pickerington North, Shelby and Watterson at Scioto Reserve
*Sept. 20 -- At Hilliard Davidson
*Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Westland
*Sept. 20 -- Home vs. Hilliard Davidson
*Sept. 25 -- At Westland
Sept. 24 -- At Columbus School for Girls
Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Chillicothe
*Sept. 20 -- At Marysville
*Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman
Sept. 21-22 -- Girls: Dave McLennan Tournament at Cincinnati Sycamore