Liberty’s boys golf team started its quest for an OCC-Central Division title on the right foot, winning Thursday’s league meet at Clover Valley, the first of four this season, with a combined effort of 310.
Marshall Ruffing and Kyle Mitchell led the charge, both shooting in the mid to low 70s. Ruffing, who was the team’s sixth man coming out of tryouts, and fifth man for the league opener, paced the Patriots with a 72 while Mitchell carded a 75. Other contributors included Cameron McCloskey (78), Trevor Haas (85) and Trey Rath (89).
“We have a very talented team this year with Cameron, Kyle and Trey,” Liberty coach Ryan Snivley said. “And it’s nice to see when one of them doesn’t come through with a good score, our fifth man picks us up … hats off to Marshall on shooting a 79 yesterday and a 72 today. He is really stepping up for us.
“Our division of the OCC is going to be so competitive, it’s nice to start the season off with a win. This is the first win for our school since the realignment.”
Upper Arlington finished second with a combined 315 while Dublin Coffman smoothed out the top three with a 317. Hilliard Davidson’s 323, Marysville’s 329, Central Crossing’s 341, Thomas Worthington’s 347 and Westland’s 429 rounded out the team scores.
•Hayes’ Grant Godfrey earned medalist honors while Orange nabbed runner-up recognition as a team during the first OCC-Capital Division league match of the season Thursday at Apple Valley.
Godfrey shot a 73 to lead all scorers while the Pioneers had two standouts, Ric Reynolds and Hunter Baxter, finish in the top five. Reynolds finished tied for second overall with a 76 while Baxter closed tied for fifth with a 78.
Other local golfers who finished in the top 20 included Olentangy’s Jeff Darfus, who carded a 79 to finish seventh; the Braves’ Matthew Homza, who had an 80 to close 10th; and Olentangy’s Nick Scott and Michael Savoldi, Big Walnut’s Kyle Gose and Orange’s Spencer Gifford and Ben Kunz, who finished in a large group tied for 14th with 82s.
New Albany won the event with a combined 314. Orange was second with a 318, Mount Vernon third with a 321, Olentangy fourth with a 323, Worthington Kilbourne fifth with a 331, Big Walnut sixth thanks to a 350, Hayes seventh with a 360 and Franklin Heights, which didn’t post a team score, finished last.