PARKERSBURG -The lineups are practically set. Now it's a matter of posting a score worthy of advancing to the next level.
The postseason has arrived for area high school golf programs. Area schools from Class A and Class AA begin their quest today, while a portion of Class AAA invade Parkersburg Country Club on Tuesday.
Parkersburg and Parkersburg South are among the contenders to grab one of two regional qualifying spots at PCC. The top two individuals not members of advancing schools also punch their ticket for next week's state tournament in Wheeling.
"Our regional will come down to four teams - South, Winfield, Cabell Midland and us," PHS coach Don Snider said.
Even though PHS claimed the City Cup against Parkersburg South last week at PCC, the difference between the two programs is very slim. The Big Reds are playing their best golf just at the right time after placing third at the Mountain State Athletic Conference.
"We hit a little wall there last in the season, but I think we fought through it really well because we came back refocused," Snider added.
Regional Golf (West Virginia)
- Class AAA at Parkersburg Country Club (Tuesday) -Parkersburg, Parkersburg South, Ripley, Hurricane, Huntington, Spring Valley, Cabell Midland, Nitro, St. Albans, Lincoln County, Winfield
- Class AA at Williams Country Club (Monday) - Oak Glen, Weir, Magnolia, Tyler Consolidated, Ritchie County, Ravenswood, Roane County, Point Pleasant
- Class A at Greenhills Country Club (Monday) - Madonna, Wheeling Central, Bishop Donahue, Paden City, St. Marys, Williamstown, Parkersburg Catholic, Wirt County, Gilmer County
- Class A at Big Bend Golf Course (Monday) - Wahama, Buffalo (Putnam), St. Joseph, Man, Charleston Catholic
Sectional Golf (Ohio)
- Division II at Upper Landsdowne Golf Course (Monday) - Belpre girls
- Division III at Jaycee Golf Course (Wednesday) - Belpre boys
PHS plans to send Alan Cooke, Mason Humphrey, Ryan Anderson and Michael Katchur into battle. South's counters with Trent McCutcheon, Alex Schreckengost, Bryce Gainer and Aaron Lamp.
"Most of our guys have played (at PCC) either in Top Flite or in the high school series match we've had here, so they know where they want to be or where not to be," South coach Sherry Morris said. "It's just a mental game when it comes to Tuesday."
The Yellowjackets and Crusaders have jockeyed back and forth during head-to-head meetings. Behind medalist Tyler Cardenas, Parkersburg Catholic finished second to Ritchie County at the Little Kanawha Conference Meet.
"I would say it's a three-team race," Schramm said. "I've told people all year long that to get out of our regional will be harder than winning state. Our region is so loaded that it's going to be harder to get out of that."
The Rebels are the defending state champs in Class AA.
"The kids are kind of dreading this time of year - they get along really well and they hate to think there are only a couple of weeks of golf left to play together," Ritchie County coach Ted VanScoy said. "We had a meeting the other night and I told them just take care of business and win your group."
The boys team, which consists of Sam Petty, Brennen Ferrell, Hayden Plummer, Jesse Whittington and Alex Perry, will be one of 13 in the Ohio Division III sectional at Jaycee Golf Course. The two top teams, along with the top two individuals not members of a qualifying team advance.
"I would love to see us and Waterford advance and get two teams from the Tri-Valley Conference to districts," Belpre coach Scott Miller said.
Natalie Perry and Jackie Cunningham will represent the Golden Eagles at the Ohio Division II sectional at Upper Landsdowne. In addition to the top three teams, the top three individuals not members of a qualifying move on.
"Natalie knows the course well enough to keep out of trouble - it's just a matter of scoring for her," Miller said.