By Ben Stroup
The Olentangy Liberty boys golf team wrapped up its most successful season in history with a 330 on the second day of the Division I State Golf Championship Saturday at the Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.
Coupled with the 318 the Patriots fired Friday, their combined 648 was good enough to tie them with Centerville for fifth place — one spot higher than they finished at the state showcase a year ago.
Cincinnati St. Xavier won the team title with a 616 while Jerome (621), Springboro (629) and Cleveland St. Ignatius (639) smoothed out the top four.
Cameron McCloskey, who had the worst of Liberty’s scores on the opening day (88), rebounded in a big way, leading the Patriots with a second-round 79. Trey Rath and Kyle Mitchell both had 82s on Saturday, Jacob Hickman fired an 87 and Ronnie Foth finished with a 94.
Rath, just a sophomore, was the most consistent Patriot, finishing tied for seventh among individuals with a two-day total of 154.
Hayes’ Grant Godfrey was also in action Saturday, wrapping up a stellar career with a second-round 85 to close with a combined 158 — a mark good enough for 18th overall.
In girls’ action, Olentangy Orange’s young team bounced back from a first-round 332 with a solid 319 to finish fifth in its first trip to the state championship.
Dublin Jerome won the team title with a 635 while Green (637), Centerville (637) and Toledo St. Ursula Academy (641) rounded out the top four.
Ashley Au led the Pioneers’ Saturday surge with a 74. Other contributors included Alyssa Kim (76), Riley Dean (83), Brittany Miller (86) and Emily Fisher (95).
Au’s strong second day gave her a two-round total of 155 — a score good enough for 13th-best among individuals.
Olentangy’s Kara Raines, competing as an individual, finished 22nd in the state. She followed the 84 she shot Friday with a solid 75 to finish with a combined 159.
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