South golfers claim OVAC title

WHEELING -Parkersburg South’s golf program is picking up steam as the postseason approaches.

Thursday at the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s Class 5A Championship on the home course of five-time league champion Wheeling Park, three Parkersburg South golfers shot in the 70s as the team captured the trophy for the first time.

Two South members made all-conference, including Adeena Shears who tied University’s Eric Wirth for the low round of the day at 1-over par 72, and junior Alex Schreckengost, who shrugged off a rough finish to card a 74.

South’s team score of 305 was seven strokes better than runner-up Wheeling Park (312). Defending state champion University took third (321) in a field of 10 schools.

“The kids have really worked hard to get to this point,” South coach Sherry Morris said. “They are thrilled with their success, but they want to keep it going, finish out the season and go into regionals on a positive note.”

Shears needed two playoff holes to become the first female medalist in OVAC history. Wirth’s approach shot on the second playoff hole went beyond the green and the University golfer had to settle for a bogey.

Shears used an 8-iron on her second shot and left the ball sitting within 15 feet for a simple two-putt and par.

“Heading into the playoff, I just told myself to calm down,” Shears said. “I knew we had already won the team title and that’s all I came for. I didn’t intend on winning medalist honors. It was a shock.

“It was a good feeling. I didn’t have butterflies during the round, but I had them after the playoff.”

Rounding out the scores for South were Noah Smith (79), Garrett Dailey (80) and Dylan Cress (87).

When the season began, Schreckengost didn’t envision the team winning both the Two Rivers Athletic Conference and OVAC titles.

“We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the year,” Schreckengost said.

A total of 12 days will pass before the next South match. The Patriots are scheduled to compete against Roane County and Parkersburg High in a nine-hole match at Parkersburg Country Club on Sept. 24.

“We’ll definitely enjoy today, but we have to get back to work tomorrow and focus on regionals,” Schreckengost said.