VIENNA -The Parkersburg High golf program will go as far as its three juniors will take it.
During Thursday's Wood County Invitational at Parkersburg Country Club, these three in particular - Austin Davis, Lauryn Davidson and Lucas Prine -met the coach's expectations and each turned in a respectable round as the Big Reds claimed the championship with a team score of 326.
"They've been consistently solid here at Parkersburg Country Club," PHS coach Don Snider said. "I think they like this course. They play it well."
Photo by Kerry Patrick
Parkersburg golfer Austin Davis watches his putt on the 15th hole during Thursday’s Wood County Invitational at Parkersburg Country Club. Davis shot a 6-over par 79 as the Big Reds captured the team title.
No more than 24 hours had passed since PHS tied for 10th place in a field of 20 teams at Wednesday's Ohio Valley High School Invitational at Highland Springs Golf Course.
"They really came back from not playing well (Wednesday)," Snider said.
Rounding out the scoring for the Big Reds were Ian McElroy and Whitney Milhoan both with an 87 and Max Hughes with a 107.
Wood County Invitational
At Parkersburg Country Club (Par 73)
Team standings: 1. Parkersburg High 326; 2. Parkersburg South 335; Williamstown 355; 4. Parkersburg Catholic 356
Medalist: Adeena Shears, Parkersburg South, 77
Parkersburg High: Austin Davis 79, Lauryn Davidson 79, Lucas Prine 81; Ian McElroy 87, Whitney Milhoan 87, Max Hughes 107
Parkersburg South: Adeena Shears 77, Alex Schreckengost 85, Noah Smith 86, Garrett Dailey 87, Dylan Cress 80, Sam Boso 95
Willimastown: Mac McCormick 83, Kody Rhyne 89, Ty Adkins 90, Chandler Weber 93, Dalton Smith 102, Jacob Wade 116
Parkersburg Catholic: Carson Weyer 87, Ben Collie 89, Abby Roberts 89, Kyra Senchyshak 91, Luke Schnerlein 105, Bryant Nedeff 112
Callaway Junior Tour
High School Series
Ohio Valley Invitational
At Highland Springs (Par 72)
Team standings: 1. Roane County 225; 2. Linsly 234; 3. Wheeling Park 'A' 235; 4. Huntington 236; 5. Parkersburg South 'A' 238; 6. University 'A' 239; 7. Madonna 243; 8. East Fairmont 244; 9. Hedgesville 249; 10. Brooke 257; 11. Parkersburg High 257; 12. Parkersburg South 'B' 259; 13. Wheeling Park 'B' 260; 14. University 'B' 265; 15. North Marion 267; 16. Bridgeport 270; 17. Madonna 'B' 271; 18. Ritchie County 272; 19. Morgantown 285; 20. John Marshall 337
Medalist: Cole Moore, Roane County, 38-35-73
Roane County: Cole Moore 73, Cam Moore 75, Alston Spears 77, Hunter Simmons 79
Parkersburg South 'A': Dylan Cress 78, Alex Schreckengost 80, Noah Smith 80, Garrett Dailey 83
Parkersburg High: Austin Davis 82, Lauryn Davidson 86, Lucas Prine 89, Whitney Milhoan 93
Parkersburg South 'B': Adeena Shears 81, Mason Winans 86, Sam Boso 92, Trevor Gorrell 93
Ritchie County: Riley Allen 81, Ben Knight 82, Sydney Brill 109, Jon Harkness 110
at Riverside - Sardis, Ohio
Team scores: Magnolia 157, River 172, Wheeling Central 176, Buckeye Trail 189, Tyler Consolidated 212, Barnesvile 215
Magnolia (28-20): Peyton Moore 38 (co-medalist),Matthew Durig 38 (co-medalist), Derrick Blain 40, Shane Mason 41
River: Jason Miller 40, N. Smith 41, Isaac Curtis 45, Blaze Amos 46
Tyler: Nathan Kemp 41, T.J. Pratt 50, John Lancaster 59, Kyle Eastam 62
Paden City: Levi Meadows 47
Next match: Magnolia at Sistersville CC Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. vs. Tyler
"We have to find a four and a five right now," Snider continued. "We are searching because that score is going to be important sooner or later."
Runner-up Parkersburg South finished nine strokes back, but did own the individual medalist in sophomore Adeena Shears, who carded a 4-over par 77. Shears double-bogeyed her first hole then turned into the mark of consistency with eight straight pars.
Shears then sat at 2-under following her birdie on the 530-yard, par 5 at No. 13. After slicing her drive, she needed to take relief when her ball landed on the car path.
"Then I bombed a 5-wood - I hit that really well," Shears said. "Then I took an 8-iron to the green and put it to within 10 feet. I had to make a left to right break putt."
As a member of Parkersburg Country Club, Shears is using the course to her advantage. Earlier this week, she made the all-tournament team at the Parkersburg Country Club Invitational.
Now the venue switches to today's Big Bend Golf Course and the Capital City Classic, which represents the fourth and final stage of the Callaway Junior Tour High School Series.
"I've played it once before and I know it's really tight, and that's not going to be good for my drives," Shears said. "They are going a little bit to the right now and not the left. But they are getting straighter."
Also competing for the Patriots were Alex Schreckengost (85), Noah Smith (86), Garrett Dailey (87), Dylan Cress (90) and Sam Boso (95).
Rounding out the four-team field at the Wood County Invitational were Williamstown (355) and Parkersburg Catholic (356). Breaking 100 for the Yellowjackets were Mac McCormick (83), Kody Rhyne (89), Ty Adkins (90) and Chandler Weber (93). Keeping their scores in double-digits for the Crusaders were Carson Weyer (87), Ben Collie (89), Abby Roberts (89) and Kyra Senchyshak (91).