Olentangy Liberty going strong with younger lineup

The Olentangy Liberty boys golf team replaced four players from last year’s lineup, but the expectations haven’t changed as the Patriots aim for a sixth state appearance and first since 2019.

Junior Carter Rutherford is the only returnee from last fall’s lineup at the Division I district tournament, where the Patriots finished third (297), missing out on qualifying for state by two strokes. Their score ended up being the fourth best in district rounds across the state.

“It was a horrible ending at districts,” Rutherford said. “I know that I have more chances to make it to states. Yes, it was disappointing not to make it to states, considering how close (we were) and how we played. That last hole, we were so much over par and we missed out by a small margin. But for me, I guess it gave me a little motivation to do better. This year, I’m expecting to make states.”

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