Snodgrass shoots 8-under 28

HARRISVILLE -Sydney Snodgrass didn’t just go out with a bang. She hit the jackpot.

During Wednesday’s golf meet on her home course at North Bend, the Ritchie County senior birdied six holes and eagled another as part of her nine-hole round of 8-under par 28.

“I’ve played this course for years and know everything about it,” Snodgrass said. “I just hit the ball very well and made a few putts.”

Snodgrass left little doubt who would earn medalist honors as Ritchie County competed against Parkersburg Catholic and St. Marys. Ritchie County’s Gray team claimed first place with a 146, while St. Marys Purple finished runner-up at 154.

Snodgrass stood at 1-under par through three holes then caught fire with five straight birdies. A birdie on the ninth hole would mean a round in the 20s, but she did one better and sank a 15-foot putt for eagle.

“In our first match of the season, I was also 3-under through five holes but it didn’t work out,” Snodgrass said. “On the ninth hole, it’s a short par 4, and probably 230 yards and slightly uphill. I choked down on my driver and left the ball left of the hole pin high right where I wanted to be.

“On my putt, I wanted to stay with my same routine and it went in.”

The afternoon was devoted as senior day for Snodgrass. Cake was available before the match and it must have been a hit since one of it remained once the golfers returned from their round.

“I definitely thought if I could ever shoot in the 20s, it would be at North Bend because I know the course so well,” Snodgrass said. “This definitely means something to me because it’s not just any day you can go out and shoot a 28.

“It was a nine-hole match after school. I didn’t get a trophy or anything, but it’s definitely something I’ll keep in my memory.”

Snodgrass’ magical round survived an afternoon filled with sounds of thunder.

“As she was playing, there was thunder in the background,” Ritchie County coach Ted VanScoy said. “I went up and looked for lightning and I think Sydney would have thrown a fit if I had seen any lightning.”

Earlier in the week, Snodgrass made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

“I was stressed out about making a decision and wondering what I was going to do,” Snodgrass said. “It felt good on the visit and I liked the coach. It also felt good hanging out with girls on the team. I thought it was the right thing to do.”