Patriots show off depth in season opener


By Ben Stroup - bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com



The Olentangy Liberty boys golf team showed off its depth, placing two teams in the top five, while Olentangy Orange and Delaware Hayes nabbed top-10 finishes of their own at Thursday’s season opening Thomas Worthington Preview at Delaware Golf Club.

The Patriots’ B team — Carson Meyer, Noah Wingart, Max Williams, Ryan Riddle and Noah Mulford — combined to finish third with a 309. Meyer led the way with a 73. Wingart and Mulford also finished in the 70s, closing with respective rounds of 75 and 79.

Liberty’s A team, meanwhile, was almost as good as Nick Dickens, Jack O’Donnell, Ben Armbruster, Carter Rutherford and Ethan McGarvey teamed up to post a 312 — a mark good enough for fifth overall.

McGarvey led the Patriots with a 71 while Rutherford carded a 79.

Orange was seventh with a 323 while Hayes finished ninth with a 328.

Brendan Cabungcal (73) led the Pioneers while Luke Johnson (79), Mitch Purdue (83) and Max Garske (88) smoothed out their top four. The Pacers got a boost from Colin Bibler (73) while Brady Gazarek (82), Mark Sulek (83) and Ryan Moody (90) also contributed.

Olentangy was also in action, finishing 13th with a team total of 346.

Tyler Phillips had a team-best 79 to lead the Braves.

St. Charles took top team honors with a combined 300 while the Cardinals’ Brandon Nowery nabbed medalist honors with a 67.

Pickerington Central Invitational

Olentangy Berlin finished eighth with a 320 while Big Walnut closed 15th with a 336 at Thursday’s Pickerington Central Invitational at Turnberry.

The Bears’ Brady Casto led Delaware County golfers with a 71 — a mark good enough for third among individuals.

Pickerington North took top honors with a 291 while Pickerington North’s Carson Bellish was medalist with a 65.

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By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com