Redemption comes for Belpre’s Cunningham

MARIETTA -At Monday’s Callaway Junior Tour event at Parkersburg Country Club, Jackie Cunningham and Cory Hoshor both turned in second place finishes in their respective divisions.

Tuesday at Marietta Country Club, redemption was had for both.

Cunningham, a senior-to-be at Belpre High, carded a 77 for the top girls’ score of the day, while Hoshor, a Buffalo (W.Va.) graduate and West Liberty recruit, turned in a 71 for the best score overall at the event.

Neither had ever golfed 18 holes at MCC before. Cunningham had golfed the front nine, but not the back. That inexperience at the course did not affect her, as she had all phases of her game working

“My driver was pretty straight,” said Cunningham, who admitted to having a “natural draw.” She also had her short game working well and was able to do damage once on the greens.

“My putting was on today. I made all the mid-range putts that I needed to make.”

With Belpre, Cunningham typically will play from the boys’ tees throughout the season. Tuesday she played from the girls’ tees, which was a different experience for her but may have been beneficial.

“The course was actually confusing for me because we had to play the red tees, and I hate playing fronts because I hit long,” she said.

“The reds were confusing and the scorecard was confusing. There were par-5s that I thought were par-4s, so I was getting birdies and I didn’t even know it.”

It was Cunningham’s fourth win of the summer in six tries on the tour.

For Hoshor, his 1-over par 71 was two strokes better than second place finisher Austin Davis of Vienna in the 17-18 boys division.

Like Cunningham, Hoshor just missed out on a first place finish the day before but was not denied Tuesday, despite playing at MCC for the first time.

“I just kept it in play on about every hole,” Hoshor said. “Hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens and made some birdie putts which kept the round pretty low.”

On hole No. 2, a par-5, Hoshor’s second shot got within 10 feet of the hole. Although he missed the eagle attempt, he was able to sink the next shot for birdie to set himself up for the rest of the round.

“I started on 17 so (No. 2) was my fourth hole, so that kind of got my round going,” Hoshor said. “I was able to play pretty consistent from then on.”

Among other notable scores, Trey Blain of New Martinsville carded an 88 to win the 12-and-under boys division. Alexander Giatras of Charleston edged Josef Dransfeld of Huntington in the 13-14 boys group. Giatras posted a score of 74, a stroke ahead of Dransfeld. Marco Oliverio of Bridgeport, W. Va. scored a 74 which was tops in the 15-16 boys division. Grace Smith, also of Charleston, took the 10-14 girls crown with a 111.

Local golfers Cameron Bosner (Waterford) and Jeffrey Hensler (Marietta) finished tied for sixth place in the 15-16 boys division, both shooting 79.

The tour continues today at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, W. Va.