Big Red trio pitch in for championship

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.”

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.

“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).