Mary Etta Farmer
Despite a constant drizzle — and sometimes even some of the harder stuff — 24 of the area’s top teams took aim at bragging rights in the ultra-competitive OCC Shootout Monday at Moundbuilders Country Club.
Five of the squads were county contenders, including Olentangy and Liberty, which cracked the top 10 by finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.
The Braves, who combined to shoot a 320, were led by Jeff Dailey, who carded a solid 74. Other scorers included Dylan Ahonen, who had an 81; Nick Morrison, who finished with an 82; and Evan Wilson, who closed with an 83.
Jordan Callicotte led the Patriots, carding a team-best 78 on the soggy surface. Other Liberty scorers included Ryan Hall, who finished with an 81; and the duo of George Dunlap and Tommy Fortunato, who ended up with rounds of 82.
Others in action included Orange, which finished 12th with a team total of 336; Big Walnut, which wound up 15th with a 341; and Hayes, which shot its average of 371 to smooth out the scoring and finish 24th overall.
The Pioneers were led by John Jones and John McHale, who finished with 83s; Jake McClellan, who had an 84; and Ray Albertini, who finished with an 86.
The Golden Eagles were paced by Evan Cannell, who shot an 81 in the tough conditions. Other scorers included T.J. Cowans, who fired an 83; Kyle Gose, who closed with an 84; and Tyler Burks, who had a 93.
The Pacers, meanwhile, were boosted by Kody Brookens, who finished with an 88. Other Hayes scorers included Jordan Zinader, who had a 93; Kyle Gabbert, who finished with a 94; and Brandon Brown, who carded a 96.
St. Charles won the event with a 302 while Pickerington North and Hilliard Davidson rounded out the top three with respective scores of 306 and 311.
Buckeye Valley picked up yet another Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win Monday at Mill Creek, swinging past visiting Elgin by a 161-180 margin.
Clat Walter earned medalist honors, finishing with a 35. Other BV scorers included Adam Johnson, who fired a 41; R.J. Oberle, who finished with a 42; and A.J. Veach, who closed with a 43.
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