Cup up for grabs
The Solheim Cup: Let’s not talk about those results.
The Presidents Cup: At least the United States has a shot.
As for the City Cup: This is an event both Parkersburg golf programs can relate to.
Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at Parkersburg Country Club, Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High renew acquaintances for the seventh time in this match play format.
If the championship was based on depth, South would win hands down. Yet, this is the Big Reds’ home course and they have three solid varsity golfers in Lauryn Davidson, Austin Davis and Lucas Prine.
“I wish we could just play four or five golfers,” PHS coach Don Snider joked. “They have the depth and have so much more experience than us. Their four through eight golfers have played a lot of golf and ours haven’t, yet.
“We need 4 1/2 points – that 1/2 point is going to be hard to find unless everybody plays really well.”
The field includes eight golfers from both schools. Last year at Woodridge Golf Club, South won five matches and accepted the traveling trophy for the fourth time in six years.
Two of the Patriots’ individual wins occurred in dominating fashion as Alex Schreckengost’s match lasted just 10 holes, while Adeena Shears’ match closed out after 11 holes.
“I was playing pretty well – I was 2-over par at the time the match ended,” Shears said. “We want to keep the cup. I know I want to do well, beat my person and do my part.”
Schreckengost wasn’t as fortunate during his freshman year when he lost on the 18th hole.
“Match play is really different,” Schreckengost said. “You can make a 10 on a hole, but only lose a point. It’s definitely a different mindset, but I enjoy it.
“I’ve been looking forward to the City Cup for a while. Kids from the two schools have played together in the summer on the Callaway Junior Tour or other events, so we know each other well. But the two schools want to beat each other for bragging rights.”
What remains to be seen is whether South can build off Tuesday’s momentum when it defeated defending state champion University and Wheeling Park for the Two Rivers Athletic Conference title at Woodridge Golf Club. They also won a tri-meet against PHS and Marietta on Wednesday.
“We have more experience, but you never know how the lineup falls -plus, it’s on their home turf,” South coach Sherry Morris said. “But I like our chances.”
- Borderline remarkable: With the exception of one hole where he took a ‘9,’ University’s Cale Wheeler played one of his best rounds on a course he had never seen before during Tuesday’s Two Rivers Athletic Conference Meet.
Take away the one hiccup, and the junior would have finished his round at 1-under par rather than taking medalist honors with a 75.
“I had never played this course before – that’s why I picked the wrong club on No. 6,” Wheeler said.
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