Corder lifts Liberty to solid OCC start

Fires second round of 70 in as many days

By Ben Stroup -

Liberty’s Cole Corder carded his second 70 in as many days Tuesday, this time at the first OCC-Buckeye Division match of the season at Turnberry.

“Cole has been solid all summer and is taking that momentum into the start of the season,” Patriot coach Ryan Snivley said. “He is a patient golfer, and doesn’t think too far ahead.”

Liberty, which also got solid contributions from Trey Rath (75), Grant Smeltzer (76), Jacob Hickman (77) and Josh Steyer (77), won the first of the season’s four league showcases with a combined 298.

“There is some good competition in our division of the OCC, so it was nice to have a solid start and get some wins early,” Snivley said. “You never know what can happen once school starts.”

Orange, which finished second, was led by Nate English’s 71 — the second-lowest round among individuals. Jonathan Green (76), Nathan Brown (78) and Alex Cabungcal (83) also contributed to the Pioneers’ 308 team total.

Olentangy finished third among the six teams in action, closing with a combined 310 thanks to the efforts of Cameron Casto (75), Trey Wilson (78), Luke Boerner (78) and Bryce Reed (79).

Westerville Central (323), Westerville North (388) and Westerville South (n/a) smoothed out the scoring summary.

OCC-Cardinal Division

Hayes showed its youth during Tuesday’s league opener, carding a combined 378 to finish seventh.

Luke Gazarek led the way with a 92, Ben Madden and Logan Keeder finished with 94s and Hunter Piroska had a 98 to smooth out the Pacers’ top four.

“We plan on getting much better as the season goes on,” Hayes coach Andy Graham said.

OCC-Capital Division

Michael Ford nabbed medalist honors with a 72 as Big Walnut fired a combined 313 to finish second in Tuesday’s first league match at Clover Valley.

Zack Herbert (77), Tyler Garner (80) and Kenny Schneider (84) also chipped in for the Golden Eagles.

New Albany won the event by a slim two-stroke margin, closing with a 311 team total.

Fires second round of 70 in as many days

By Ben Stroup

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