LIZABETH - Williamstown's Mac McCormick fired a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine here Wednesday at Mingo Bottom Golf Club, finishing with a 4-over 76 to win the Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association 16-18 age division.
Not to be outdone, Parkersburg South's Chance Shears won his second consecutive 13-15 crown after carding a 7-over 79. In the 12-and-under group, Zach Redmon (43) and Blake Snyder (56) had another one-two finish after taking on the 3,258-yard, par-36 front nine.
McCormick, who started his day with a triple-bogey on the par-3 third, battled back with consecutive birdies at five and six. On his back nine, he made birdie on all three pat-5s as well as the 409-yard, par-4 12th. Although he closed his final two holes with a bogey on No. 1 and a double-bogey on No. 2, he did enough to outlast Ravenswood's Alex Easthom and Marietta's Garrett Bertram, who tied for second with respective 78s.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg South’s Chance Shears hits a blind approach shot to the par 4, 17th hole during Wednesday’s Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association event at Mingo Bottom. Shears shot a 7-over 79.
Zach Redmon, who won his second straight 12-and-under MOVJGA title Wednesday, watches his birdie putt slide past the hole on the par 5, 9th hole.
Also starting on the par-3 third, Easthom played a more than solid round, only to have it all go awry down the stretch. After playing the first 15 holes at 1-over, which included back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15, an errant tee shot on 18 led to a triple-bogey. Despite finishing his round with a par on No. 2, another lost ball led to a double-bogey on the first.
Easthom actually shot 39s on both sides, while Bertram went 43 on the front with a 1-under-par 35 on the back to card his round of 78.
Trevor Gorrell (43-41=84) finished a solid fourth and was followed by Alec Milhoan (85), Noah Smith (86) and Dalton Smith (90) in the 16-18 age group.
Shears (41-38) was challenged on the 6,312-yard layout for the 13-15 age division by runner-up Whitney Milhoan (42-40=84) and third-place Heath Hill (43-40=83). Caleb Scharff (89) was fourth while Cody Greathouse and Jordan Mader tied for fifth at 105.
Redmond, who will be a seventh-grader at Edison Middle School, had a trio of pars on three, seven and nine - the closing dogleg left par-5 - during his 7-over round. Tyler Bagley (62), Mace Busch (65) and Kelsey Smith (70) comprised the top five in the 12-and-under division.
The MOVJGA will return to action with an 8 a.m. start on Tuesday at South Hills.