Liberty wins 3rd straight OCC title

Corder, Ford nab Player of the Year honors

Staff Report

The Olentangy Liberty boys golf team is getting pretty good at this whole OCC competition thing.

As if winning back-to-back league titles wasn’t impressive enough, the Patriots did it again this year, capturing their third straight title with a 302-stroke showing Wednesday at Darby Creek.

Liberty, led by OCC-Buckeye Division Player of the Year Cole Corder, finished a perfect 20-0 in league play for the first time in their recent run of championships.

“Winning the OCC is one of the goals along the year,” Patriot coach Ryan Snivley said. “I’m very happy that this was the first year we had a perfect record in doing it.

“As for Cole, he’s been the low number that our team has needed to begin the season. He is so consistently good, and keeps his emotions in check on the course.”

Corder, who finished with a 72-stroke average on his way to POY honors, had a 78 Wednesday. Trey Rath led Liberty with a 71 while Grant Smeltzer had a 76, Jacob Hickman finished with a 77 and Josh Steyer closed with an 84. Rath and Smeltzer finished with first-team all-league honors, Hickman grabbed second-team recognition and Steyer was an Honoranle Mention honoree.

Olentangy, boosted by Bryce Reed’s 75, finished second with a combined 305. The Braves also nabbed runner-up honors in the final league standings with a 14-6 record.

Luke Boerner had a 76, Cameron Casto and Trey Wilson backed Reed with 77s while Bennett Zeitner was the team’s fifth man with an 86.

Boerner, Casto and Reed each earned second-team all-league recognition while Wilson was an Honorable Mention pick.

Olentangy Orange, which closed with a 10-10 overall mark, finished fourth in the league.

The Pioneers fired a 318 at Darby Creek. Nate English had a 75, Alex Cabungcal had a 76, Connor Cummins finished with an 83, Jonathan Green had an 84 and Nathan Brown closed with a 90.

Nate English earned second-team all-league honors while Green was an Honorable Mention selection.

Westerville Central finished third in the final OCC-Buckeye Division standings, Westerville North finished fifth and Westerville South finished sixth.

Gahanna Lincoln (OCC-Ohio), Dublin Jerome (OCC-Cardinal), New Albany (OCC-Capital) and Upper Arlington (OCC-Central won the other divisions.

Big Walnut, led by Capital Division Player of the Year Michael Ford, finished second in its league while Hayes closed seventh in the Cardinal Division.

Ford finished with a 74.75 stroke average over the course of the four league matches.

Corder, Ford nab Player of the Year honors

Staff Report