ELIZABETH - Everyone was aiming to take down defending Class AA state champion Roane County here Thursday at Mingo Bottom Golf Club in the Little Kanawha Conference scramble.
However, the Raiders' top squad - albeit minus Cam Moore who was at the 94th West Virginia Amateur - didn't even crack the top three and actually tied their own 'B' team at 8-under par.
The St. Marys quartet of Coleman Lamp, Drew Wells, Robbie Harper and Jared Nichols stole the show by carding eagles on No. 11 and 18 and posting a 15-under par round of 57. The Blue Devils also missed about a 10-foot eagle putt on No. 14.
Photos by Jay W. Bennett
Gilmer County’s Karibee Steele gives a fist pump and smiles back at teammate Austin Cunningham after sinking a 23-foot birdie putt on hole No. 12 Thursday afternoon at Mingo Bottom Golf Club.
Parkersburg Catholic head coach Dick Wildt's Crusaders were three strokes off the pace and finished as the runner-up at 12-under par thanks to the play of Ben Collie, Carson Weyer, Ryan McCarty and Abby Roberts.
"We just wanted to beat Roane County," said the Blue Devils' Wells. "We just always had one on the green and (just about) anything inside of 40 feet we made it. It was lights out. This is a fun event that we look forward to every year."
Lamp said it took a team effort to finish with such a good score and admitted he didn't have his best day on the links.
Little Kanawha Conference Scramble
at Mingo Bottom Golf Club, par 72
1. St. Marys (-15) - Coleman Lamp, Drew Wells, Robbie Harper, Jared Nichols
2. Parkersburg Catholic (-12) - Ben Collie, Carson Weyer, Ryan McCarty, Abby Roberts
3. Williamstown (-9) - Mac McCormick, Kody Rhyne, Chandler Weber, Ty Adkins
T4. Roane County (-8) - Cole Moore, Alston Spears, Hunter Simmons, Caleb Moore
T4. Roane County 'B' (-8) - Dalton Simmons, Forrest Greenlee, Hunter Thompson, Nathan Kendall
6. Ritchie County (-7) - Riley Allen, Ben Knight, Jon Harkness, Sydney Brill
T7. Wirt County (-5) - Darrin Roberts, Seth Enoch, Alex Sears, Kenny Radcliff
T7. Gilmer County (-5) - Austin Cunningham, Colby Cunningham, Karibee Steele, Jacob Arden
T9. Tyler Consolidated (-3) - Casey Wells, Nate Kemp, Sean Camerlin, Ty Pratt
T9. Parkersburg Catholic 'B' (-3) - Cody Offenberger, Bryant Nedeff, Luke Schenerlein, Kyra Senchyshak
11. Ravenswood (E) - Caleb Meiage, Trey Hatcher, Trace Boso, Evan Merical
12. St. Marys 'B' (+2) - Josh Richard, Luke Burkhammer, Austin Handschumacher, Riley Bennett
13. Ritchie County 'B' (+5) - Hunter Bishop, Triston Wright, Tyler Layfield, D.J. Thorn
14. Braxton County (+6) - Josh Skidmore, Tyler Long, McKinley Moore, Brandon Burkoveski
15. Tyler Consolidated 'B' (+19) - John Lancaster, Adam Cooper, Isaac Michael, Alex Van Camp
"The team helped out a lot," Lamp said. "I didn't play as good (as normal) and the team backed me up. Actually, Drew was making putts.
"We were all playing good. Our team always likes the scramble. We just come out and have fun. If we win, we win. If we don't, we still have fun."
Williamstown finished with a 63 thanks to the efforts of team members Mac McCormick, Kody Rhyne, Chandler Weber and Ty Adkins. Roane County's 'A' team of Cole Moore, Alston Spears, Hunter Simmons and Caleb Moore settled for a fourth place tie. Roane County's 'B' team consisted of Dalton Simmons, Forrest Greenlee, Hunter Thompson and Nathan Kendall.
Riley Allen, Ben Knight, Jon Harkness and Sydney Brill finished a stroke back of the Raiders at 7-under and took sixth overall in the 15-team field.
Host Wirt County with Darrin Roberts, Seth Enoch, Alex Sears and Kenny Radcliff tied for seventh with Gilmer County after finishing the scramble with a 67. The Titans' foursome featured brothers Austin and Colby Cunningham along with Karibee Steele and Jacob Arden.
"It didn't rain that bad and they were able to play through it," said Wirt County head golf coach Terry Jones, whose Tigers will play host to their own invitational with many of the same teams starting at 9 a.m. today.
"It's the first time we've had the scramble here. We've always done it at Woodridge. That (St. Marys' 57) is pretty good shooting. I think everybody has a great time with this and I was happy with the way things turned out."