MINERAL WELLS - Warren High School graduate Steve Farley had 14 birdie putts and couldn't sink one here Friday at Woodridge Golf Club during the final event of the Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association, but that was kind of par for the ex-Warriors' course.
Farley, who grabbed the $1,000 scholarship for winning this summer's MOVJGA 16-18 age group, topped runner-up Mac McCormick of Williamstown - the $500 recipient. Farley played in all nine events this summer, but never finished one with a first place effort.
The Methodist University (N.C.) hopeful future golfer shot a solid 3-over par round of 74 to take fourth on the 6,830-yard layout. However, ex-Warren teammate Michael Sams along with Belpre's Sam Petty and Marietta's Garrett Bertram went into a three-man playoff after carding identical 73s. Sams was eliminated on the first playoff hole and Bertram outlasted Perry to win on the sixth extra hole with a par.
Photos by Jay W. Bennett
Blake Snyder, who won the 12-and-under MOVJGA championship, sinks a putt on No. 18 late Friday morning at Woodridge Golf Club as tournament winner Carson Okraska holds the flag and looks on.
Warren High School graduate Steve Farley, the winner of the $1,000 scholarship for capturing the Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association’s 16-18 age group, reacts after missing a birdie putt.
"I'm going to try out for the golf team," said Farley, who will room at the Division III school with former Warren teammate Zach McKenna. McKenna finished fourth in the overall season standings, falling just one point shy of Petty and two ahead of Sams, who was fifth this summer.
Parkersburg South golfer Adeena Shears carded a 79 to top the 13-15 age group, which played the course at 6,086 yards. Shears only participated in four MOVJGA events, but won each one she entered.
The 13-15 age group winner for the summer already was decided as Ravenswood's Alex Easthom tallied 121 points. Shears was runner-up with 80 and was followed by Cameron Bosner, Logan Clegg and Trevor Gorrell. Both Easthom and Gorrell played up on Friday's final event in the 16-18 division. Eastom finished in a four-way tie for eighth after carding an 80, the same score turned in by McKenna, Coleman Lamp and Noah Smith.
Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf
Association at Woodridge
16-18 (par 71, 6,830 yards)
*1. Garrett Bertram 73
2. Sam Petty 73
#3. Michael Sams 73
4. Steve Farley 74
T5. Mac McCormick 76
T5. Ben Collie 76
7. Kyra Senchyshak 77
@T8. Alex Easthom 80
T8. Coleman Lamp 80
T8. Noah Smith 80
T8. Zach McKenna 80
12. Hayden Plummer 81
13 .Sam Boso 86
@14. Trevor Gorrell 90
15. Mitchell Eddleblute 98
* Denotes won on sixth playoff hole
# Denotes eliminated on first playoff hole
@ Denotes played up from 13-15 age group
13-15 (par 71, 6,086 yards)
1. Adeena Shears 79
2. Heath Hill 86
3. Chance Shears 87
4. Max Hughes 88
T5. Dalton Smith 89
T5. Bryce Eagle 89
T7. Isaac Trader 93
T7. Whitney Milhoan 93
9. Logan Clegg 95
10. Alex Branham 103
11. Evan Lamp 104
T12. Dalton Wiggins 105
T12. Bailey Glodowski 105
W/D Alex Sears
12-and-under (back 9, par 36, 2,610 yards)
1. Carson O'Kraska 37
2. Zach Redmon 45
3. Blake Snyder 60
4. Hunter Tate 61
MOVJGA Final Points Standings
1. Steve Farley ($1,000) 132; 2. Mac McCormick ($500) 118; 3. Sam Petty 99; 4. Zach McKenna 98; 5. Michael Sams 96; 6. Garrett Bertram 54; 7. Noah Smith 53; 8. Coleman Lamp 52; 9. Kyra Senchyshak 37; 10. Mitchell Eddleblute 31; 11. Reese Patton 19; 12. Jared Nichols 17; 13. Darrin Nichols 14; 14. Randee Seevers 11; 15. Ben Collie 10; 16. Jane Kubala 9; 17. Seth Enoch 5; 18. Sam Boso 3; 19. Lucas Prince 2
1. Alex Easthom 121; 2. Adeena Shears 80; 3. Cameron Bosner 78; 4. Logan Clegg 72; 5. Trevor Gorrell 60; 6. Isaac Prince 52; 7. Heath Hill 47; 8. Evan Lamp 45; 9. Alana DeLancey 43; T10. Josh Jankauskas 35 and Drew Wells 35; 12. Dalton Smith 31; T13. Max Hughes and Heath Hill 30; 15. Bryce Eagle 29; 16. Chance Shears 26; 17. Isaac Trader 22; 18. Caleb Scharff 13; 19. Turner Schilling 11; 20. Jordan Welch 9; 21. Alex Sears 7; 22. Whitney Milhoan 6; 23. Alex Branham 5; 24. Matt Bunner 3
1. Blake Snyder 112; 2. Zach Redmon 108; 3. Wes Jenkins 101; 4. Hunter Tate 82; 5. Carson O'Kraska 80; 6. Andrew Kirtley 47; 7. Ben Trader 37; 8. Ashley Offenberger 28; 9. T.J. Davidson 26
Heath Hill's 86 was good enough for runner-up honors behind Shears, whose brother Chance was third with an 87. Max Hughes was a stroke back in fourth while Dalton Smith and Bryce Eagle had respective 89s and tied for fifth. The duo of Isaac Trader and Whitney Milhoan had rounds of 93 to finish in a tie for seventh.
McCormick ended his final MOVJGA event of the summer with a 76, which tied him with Ben Collie for fifth. Collie's teammate at Parkersburg Catholic, Kyra Senchyshak, was a stroke back and settled for seventh.
Only four golfers participated in the 12-and-under division, which played from the red tees at a distance of 2,610 yards.
"My head feels like it's a bathtub for birds, soaked," quipped Hunter Tate, who finished with a 61 and will be a seventh-grader at Jackson Middle School next month.
Blake Snyder, a fifth-grader to be at Mineral Wells elementary school, was crowned the 12-and-under MOVJGA champion with 112 points. Snyder took third by finishing a shot better than Tate.
Zach Redmon was runner-up on the day with a 45 and also took second place for the season as he came up four points short of Snyder after posting 108. Redmon, who will be in sixth-grade at Edison Middle School, was topped by Carson Okraska's 1-over par 37. Okraska, who like Adeena Shears entered four MOVJGA tournaments and won them all, had a par on every hole aside from his bogey on No. 16.
Wes Jenkins' 101 points were good enough for third in the 12-and-under final standings while Tate was fourth with 82 and Okraska, who will be a sixth-grader at Parkersburg Catholic, was fifth with 80 points.