It took quite a rally, but Olentangy got it done, shooting a combined 312 Thursday at Scioto Reserve to surge past Orange and Buckeye Valley en route to winning its second straight Delaware County Bank Cup.
“We played in a group with Buckeye Valley and Liberty, so we really didn’t know what Orange was doing,” Braves coach Joel Glassburn said. “I knew they turned (shot through the first nine holes) a 162 … and we were at a 164. I also knew we were way down to Buckeye Valley, by about 10 strokes, but my guys kept battling, finally played a round to the end and it paid off for them.”
The Pioneers, playing on their home course, ultimately finished second, edged by a single stroke with a combined 313, while the Barons carded a combined 316 to smooth out the top three. Liberty (320), Big Walnut (332) and Delaware Hayes (387) rounded out the scoring summary.
The Braves were boosted by Jeff Dailey’s 72 — the second-lowest round among all individuals. Other Olentangy standouts included Dylan Ahonen, who finished with a 77; Nick Morrison, who closed with a 79; and Nathan Curtis, who fired an 84.
John McHale and Austin Wallace led the Pioneers to their runner-up finish, carding respective rounds of 73 and 79. Other scorers included Jake McClellan and John Jones, who had respective rounds of 80 and 81.
Buckeye Valley was paced by Adam Johnson, who earned medalist honors with his match-low 69. Other scorers included Clay Walter, who had a 74; R.J. Oberle, who closed with an 83; and A.J. Veach, who finished with an even 90.
The fourth-place Patriots were powered by Jordan Callicotte, who closed with a 78, while Nate Flahive (80), Ryan Hall (80) and Tommy Fortunato (82) smoothed out their cumulative scorecard.
Big Walnut was led by Kyle Gose, who closed with an 80. Other Golden Eagle scorers included Evan Cannell and Tyler Burks, who had 83s; and Kyle Bash, who finished with an 86.
Hayes, competing with just four golfers, was led Kody Brookens, who had a 94. Brandon Brown (95), Dominic Sanfillipo (90) and Jordan Neeper (100) also contributed.