MINERAL WELLS - The postseason for high school golf still is several weeks away, but that didn't stop Parkersburg South from establishing a rich pedigree following the completion of the Two Rivers Athletic Conference Meet.
Tuesday at Woodridge Golf Club, the Patriots captured their first TRAC championship after upending two-time defending league champion Wheeling Park and defending state champion University.
Behind all-conference selections Adeena Shears and Alex Schreckengost, the Patriots posted a team score of 329 compared to 335 for runner-up Wheeling Park. University placed third at 337 in the six-member field.
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Parkersburg South golfer Alex Schreckengost reacts to a missed putt on the ninth green at Woodridge Golf Club during Tuesday's Two Rivers Athletic Conference Meet.
A total of four golfers broke 80, including Shears (78) and Schreckengost (79). Their teammates Noah Smith and Sam Boso each turned in an 86.
When you have University and Wheeling Park 1-2 in the state and we finish third behind them all season last year, it's good to get a win for a change," South coach Sherry Morris said. "I thought we had a good chance with this being our home course. These kids have worked really hard to get where they are at."
Also earning all-TRAC recognition were medalist Cale Wheeler (75) of University and his teammate Eric Wirth (79), along with Wheeling Park's Dylan Wojcik (81). Minus the sixth hole where he took a '9' on a par 4, Wheeler played the course at 1-under par. He made birdies at Nos. 4 and 17. The junior had never played a round at Woodridge Golf Club until yesterday's TRAC meet.
"I took the wrong club off the tee at No. 6 then I got a little frustrated," Wheeler admitted. "I got next to the green in five and I was thinking up-and-down, but I ended up double-hitting my chip. Everything that could go wrong went wrong.
"I was 2-under at that point, so I knew I was due for a big hole."
As for the top two South golfers, Shears managed one birdie at No. 17. But all the sophomore could think about was what could have been on the next hole even though she made par on the 480-yard par 5. She was only 150 yards from the pin following her tee shot.
"I hit the car path on hole 18 and my ball was right beside the 150-yard marker," Shears said. "I'm right there in one, which is really nice, but then I chunked my next shot and I was short of the green.
"As for the rest of my round, I couldn't get my putting going. I lipped several putts including some short putts. I didn't three-putt all day, but I had one good putt - that 8-footer for birdie on No. 17. That was my longest putt of the day."
After starting his round on the 13th hole, Schreckengost's round took a turn for the best when he birdied the 415-yard, seventh hole. His approach shot from 140 yards with a choked-down 9-iron landed just 3 feet behind the hole and he converted the putt which left him sitting at 3-over with five holes remaining.
The proverbial wheels then fell off as the Patriot junior bogeyed every hole to end the round.
"I just couldn't hit shots," Schreckengost said. "I actually made some good bogeys. I had to get up-and-down to save bogey on 10 and 11, but I just lost focus those last five holes."