Records fall at OCC event

By Ben Stroup -

Records were falling all over the place during Tuesday’s OCC-Cardinal Division girls golf match at Westchester Golf Club.

Olentangy Orange won for the second time in three league matches, taking control of first place thanks to a school-record 301. Medalist Ashley Au and Riley Dean paced the Pioneers with respective rounds of 66 and 68, both career lows. Brittany Miller (80) and Emily Fisher (87) smoothed out the team’s scoring.

“Ashley was really putting well and Riley’s ball striking was solid,” Orange coach Cari DeAngelis said.

Olentangy had a record-breaking day of its own en route to a third-place finish. The Braves, led by Leila Raines’ freshman- and school-record 69, tied their school record with a 319. The round was also the lowest they’ve had in OCC competition … ever.

Raines finished with three birdies and 15 pars.

Other contributors included Alex Cardi (75), Kara Raines (80) and Maddie Gwinn (95).

“We’re getting more comfortable in our roles,” Olentangy coach John Feasel said. “Leila is a 72-or-below player and is getting more comfortable playing in varsity matches. She’s played in a bunch of big tournaments, but playing varsity golf is a little different deal … and I think Alex, who has a lot of experience, is starting to really understand where she can score.”

Delaware Hayes also closed with a school record, carding a combined 347 thanks to career-low rounds from all four of its top scorers. Bailey Hager led the way with a school-record 75 while Sophia Zehner (89), Riley Geiger (91) and Alyssa Stultz (92) also chipped in.

Olentangy Liberty, meanwhile, finished fourth with a 328. Patriot scorers included Priyasha Kota (72), Kavya Manocha (80), Makenna Brown (86) and Camryn Calus (90).

Big Walnut was also in action, finishing with a 391. Sophomore Mikayla Colvin led the Golden Eagles with an 87 while classmate Sydnie Wright carded a 91. Other BW scorers included Ashley Dew (100) and Daisy Rooney (113).

The fourth and final league match of the season is set for Sept. 19 at Royal American. Orange and Dublin Jerome own the top two spots.

By Ben Stroup

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