Roane golfers set new standard

TORNADO, W.Va. – For the Roane County golfers, it’s a done deal.

At Friday’s fourth and final stop of the Callaway Junior Tour’s High School Series, the Raiders became the first school other than a Class AAA program to capture the overall championship.

Roane County put together a pair of first-place finishes at the Lewisburg Elks Golf Invitational and the Parkersburg Country Club Invitational, and was runner-up at the Ohio Valley Invitational. The Raiders’ third-place showing yesterday at Big Bend Golf Course sealed the title.

“Even though the kids didn’t play their best today, they are real excited to win it all,” Roane County coach Jim Kendall said. “A lot has been going on this week with classes starting Thursday and the kids playing these golf tournaments.”

Behind medalist David Scragg and his 2-under par 69, Poca placed first with a 218. Charleston Catholic’s ‘A’ team followed with a 223, while Roane County scored a 227 behind Alston Spears’ 73 and Cole Moore’s 76. Teammates Hunter Simmons and Cam Moore both carded a 78.

“I don’t know of any team who wouldn’t want those four scores,” Kendall said.

Joining Spears on the five-member all-tournament team was Ritchie County’s Sydney Snodgrass, who was runner-up in the individual race at 71.

Of the 27 teams represented in the field, the local contingent featured Parkersburg South ‘A’ and Parkersburg High tied for sixth place at 234; Parkersburg South’s B’ unit was ninth at 239; and Williamstown took 10th at 243.

“We wanted to win this high school series bad last year, and the kids set this as a goal for this year,” Kendall said. “The glass trophies will be going to the school, but first I have to show off them off to mom. I just have to get them back to school Monday without breaking them.”