ELIZABETH - During a two-day span, a comfort zone developed between St. Marys golfers and Mingo Bottom Golf Club.
Less than 24 hours after claiming the title of the Little Kanawha Conference scramble at Mingo, the Blue Devils went right back to work on Friday and captured the championship of the Wirt County Invitational.
Behind junior Coleman Lamp, who defeated teammate Robbie Harper in a one-hole playoff for medalist honors, St. Marys finished with a 306 total compared to 317 for runner-up Williamstown.
Photo by Kerry Patrick
St. Marys golfer Coleman Lamp watches his tee shot on the first hole during Friday’s Wirt County Invitational at Mingo Bottom Golf Club. Lamp shot a 1-over par 73 and won medalist honors after defeating teammate Robbie Harper in a one-hole playoff.
Lamp played the front nine at 1-under par 35 on the strength of a pair of birdies and finished the round with a career low 1-over 73.
"I played way better than I did yesterday," Lamp said. "Yesterday, my putting wasn't there and my short game wasn't there.
"Today, my putter was going good. I made one putt from about 35 or 40 feet for par on the front nine. On the back nine, the wheels kind of fell off after No. 14 then I picked it back up."
Sporting a brand new haircut, Harper bounced back from a rough front nine and played the final nine holes at 2-under 34 for his 73.
"I think the haircut was the trick," Harper laughed. "On the back nine, it was my putting that went well. Plus, I set myself up to putt by making close shots.
"With a 73, you don't have much to complain about."
Joining Lamp and Harper on the all-tournament team was teammate Drew Wells (76), along with Ritchie County's Riley Allen (75), Wirt County's Darrin Roberts (76) and Parkersburg Catholic's Ben Collie (76).
The field consisted of 10 schools. Roane County brought its 'B' team since its top players were competing in a Callaway Junior Tour High School Series in Lewisburg.
"When I saw Coleman's 73 on the board, that put us in a good position to win and that's what our goal is for the season - to win every tournament we play in," Harper said. "As a team, we have something special that we could do from here on out."
Parkersburg Country Club
VIENNA -The females from the Parkersburg and Parkersburg South golf teams stepped to the forefront during a tri-meet with Wheeling Park Friday at Parkersburg Country Club.
Parkersburg junior Lauryn Davidson and South sophomore Adeena Shears both shot 5-over par 78 to take medalist honors for their respective schools.
Shears secured her final score with consecutive birdies on holes 17 and 18. On the par 3, 17th hole, Shears left her tee shot 10 feet left of the pin and made the putt. On No. 18, she sank a 25-foot putt and received an ovation from the gallery of golfers who had completed their round.
"Actually, I hit my drives left all day," Shears said. "I hit into the trees on every hole up until the seventh hole. I also went into the water on holes 12 and 13.
"For Monday's Parkersburg Country Club Invitational, I hope to shoot a little lower than I did today. I expect to hit my drives a lot straighter - I'm going to work on it."
A nifty 15-foot putt for par on the 12th hole put Davidson back in the right frame of mind, and continued the momentum with a birdie on No. 15.
"There was not one part of my game that was on and there wasn't one part of my game that was off," Davidson said. "Everything depended on what shot I was hitting, and I never knew what I was going to get."
In addition to claiming the tri-meet victory with a 326, Wheeling Park was represented in the winner's circle for individual medalist as sophomore Dylan Wojcik fired a 71.
Parkersburg took second at 329, while South finished with a 332.