By Kerry Patrick
Special to the Times
VIENNA - Following a near-miss last Friday at Lewisburg, the Roane County golfers were chomping at the bit to redeem themselves in the second leg of the Callaway Junior Tour's High School Series.
Photo by Kerry Patrick
Marietta golfer Jeffrey Hensler watches hit putt on the ninth green during Monday’s Parkersburg Country Club Invitational. Hensler turned in a round 77 as the Tigers placed third in a field of 30 teams.
The Raiders more than made amends at Monday's Parkersburg Country Club Invitational. In addition to posting a seven-stroke victory over runner-up Parkersburg High (220-227), Roane County put three individuals on the five-member all-tournament team.
Setting the pace was Alston Spears with a 1-under par 72 followed by Cole Moore with a 73. Cam Moore, who did not compete at the Lewisburg stop where the Raiders lost the title to Scott by one stroke, joined his teammates on the all-tourney squad at PCC with a 75. Rounding out the all-tourney selections were Parkersburg South's Adeena Shears (74) and University's Eric Wirth (75).
Both Spears and Cole Moore established a career low in terms of score on the Parkersburg Country Club layout. Both finished with three birdies.
Callaway Junior Tour
High School Series
At Parkersburg Country Club (Par 73)
Team standings: 1. Roane County 220; 2. Parkersburg High 227; 3. Marietta 232; 4. Wheeling Park 'A' 235; 5. Logan 236; 6. Poca 237; 7. Parkersburg South 'A' 238; 8. Belpre 242; 9. University 244; 10. (tie) Williamstown and Charleston Catholic 248; 12. Huntington 250; 13. Linsly 257; 14. Buffalo 259; 15. Ritchie County 262; 16. Elkins 265; 17. (tie) Morgantown, Parkersburg South 'B' and Magnolia 266; 20. (tie) Warren 'A' and East Fairmont 271; 22. Parkersburg Catholic 272; 23. Bridgeport 274; 24. Wheeling Park 'B' 276; 25. (tie) Waterford and North Marion 278; 27. Lewis County 279; 28. Wirt County 287; 29. Winfield 293; 30. Warren 'B' 318
Medalist: Alston Spears,. Roane County, 72
All-Tournament: Alston Spears, Roane County 72; Cole Moore, Roane County, 73; Adeena Shears, Parkersburg South, 74; Cole Moore, Roane County, 75; Eric Wirth, University, 75
Roane County: Alston Spears 72, Cole Moore 73, Cam Moore 75, Hunter Simmons 75
Parkersburg High: Lauryn Davidson 75, Austin Davis 76, Lucas Prine 76, Whitney Milhoan 82
Marietta: Nathan Matheny 77, Jeffrey Hensler 77, Nick Thieman 79, Garrett Bertram 85
Wheeling Park 'A': Cole Hand 77, Kyle Wensel 77, Dylan Wojcik 81, Freddie Fitzsimmons 87
Logan: James Motes 77, Chase Preston 78, Samuel Corns 81, Alex Toler 94
Poca: Alex Hamrick 77, David Scragg 79, Travis Covert 81
Parkersburg South 'A': Adeena Shears 74, Alex Shreckengost 78, Garrett Dailey 86, Noah Smith 88
Belpre: Sam Petty 79, Brennen Ferrell 79, Alex Perry 84, Hayden Plummer 85
University: Eric Wirth 75, Cale Wheeler 80, Chase Voithofer 89, Mo Buzzo 100
Williamstown: Mac McCormick 80, Chandler Weber 82, Ty Adkins 86, Kody Rhyne 95
Charleston Catholic: Christian Casingal 79, Aaron Persily 81, Cameron Blakely 88, Jackson Ellis 93
Huntington: Thomas Frazier 77, Fisher Cross 83, C.J. Murphy 90, Nick Nolan 91
Linsly: Casey O'Korn 82, David Coram 86, Jordan Patrick 89, Steven Songer 89
Buffalo: Cory Hoshor 76, Bradley Harris 91, Drew Patton 92, Blaik Caplinger 95
Ritchie County: Riley Allen 85, Ben Knight 87, Jon Harkness 90, Sydney Brill 103
Elkins: Jole Hopwood 84, Braden Hammond 86, Kollin Hopwood 95, Brendon Cain 102
Morgantown: River Hames 86, Shane Henderson 89, Stephen Green 91, Lucas Bane 112
Parkersburg South 'B': Dylan Cress 87, Sam Boso 88, Drew Yanok 91, Travis Bailey 93
Magnolia: Peyton Moore 86, Blake Starky 89, Derek Blain 91, Brant Hisson 112
Warren 'A': Max Hapney 85, Reece Patton 88, Kyler Dennis 98, Robert Henry 101
East Farirmont: Brennen Vincent 82, Mason Weese 88, Jacob Monell 101, Levi Fluharty 109
Parkersburg Catholic: Abby Richards 89, Ben Collie 91, Kyra Senchyshak 92, Ryan McCarty 95
Bridgeport: Austin Williams 84, James Goots 91, Andre Mardmonen 99
Wheeling Park 'B': Lizzy Douglas 89, Jared Jorden 93, Hunter Bryan 94, Luke Hawkins DQ
Waterford: Brent Ginther 89, Cam Bosner 92, Randee Seevers 97, Jordan Welch 102
North Marion: Cole Richards 89, Colton Herbert 93, Dustin Fisher 96, Matt Martin 96
Lewis County: Mark Moran 86, Aaron Hall 95, Luke Pudder 98, Connor Thomas 110
Wirt County: Darrin Roberts 81, Seth Enoch 93, Alex Sears 113, Kenny Radcliff 118
Winfield: Jed Powell 91, Grant Hedrick 93, Nick Kester 109, Evan Dalton DQ
Warren 'B': Josh Jankauskas 98, Alex Flesher 109, Turner Schilling 111, Braxton Harter 116
"This was sort of like redemption," the Roane County squad said in unison as players waited for the start of the awards ceremony. The day turned out be longer than expected following a 1 1/2-hour fog delay in the morning.
"Last week, Hunter (Simmons) and Caleb (Moore) did their part - it's just that myself and Alston didn't," Cole Moore said.
Roane County is seeking to become the first school other than a Class AAA program to win the overall title of the high school series. The Raiders compete at the Ohio Valley Invitational at Highland Spring Golf Club on Wednesday then wrap up the series Friday at Big Bend Golf Course for the Capital City Classic.
"We want to win this," Spears said.
Parkersburg High might throw a curve ball in Roane County's plans after its runner-up performance on Monday. Three of the Big Reds' four golfers finished in the 70s, including Lauryn Davidson with a 75. Austin Davis and Lucas Prine each followed with a 76.
PHS coach Don Snider is hoping these scores are indicative of what will take place when the Big Reds play host to a Class AAA regional on Sept. 30.
"Let's just pretend this is Sept. 30 and these are our scores," Snider laughed. "This is what we need to have. Those three kids played unbelievable, and they will tell you they are upset at those scores because they felt they could have had better scores.
"I thought they played great. They had great iron shots all day. All their approach shots were good, and they putted fairly well."
Davidson finished with four birdies, while Davis and Prine were sitting at 2-over deep into their round.
"I can't remember the last time we had three scores in the 70s in a tournament like this," Snider continued. "This is the very first tournament of the year and it's a wonderful place to start because if they can put these scores up now, they can do it then (at regionals)."
Shears made a serious push at individual medalist honors. At one juncture, she was 1-under par through 11 holes. Her round consisted of two birdies and an eagle on the 360-yard, par 4 fifth hole.
"I hit it in from 110 yards with a really light 9-iron from the rough," Shears said. "That was awesome. I knew it was good because I hit it well and thought it would be really close."
In the format where teams consisted of four individuals and the low three rounds counted toward the overall score, Marietta was the only other school with three individuals in the 70s with Nathan Matheny (77), Jeffrey Hensler (77) and Nick Thieman (79). The Tigers placed third at 232.
Marietta, Warren, Waterford and several other local schools will be back in action today at 8 a.m. at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly for the Waterford Invitational.