PHS claims Wood County Invite crown

VIENNA -Austin Davis atoned for his misfortunes earlier in the week and Adeena Shears lost sight of her iron game only to have her putter save her during Thursday’s Wood County Invitational played at Parkersburg Country Club.

Both golfers were two of only three individuals to break 80 and each carded a 2-over par 75 to share medalist honors.

Davis ended his round in style with an eagle on the 18th hole. His effort was a drastic improvement – nine strokes better to be exact – than his performance on the exact same course during Monday’s Parkersburg Country Club Invitational.

“This makes up for Monday,” Davis said.

Only one day earlier, Parkersburg and Parkersburg South turned in identical team scores at the Callaway High School Series event at Highland Springs Golf Club and after the first two golfers concluded their round at the Wood County Invitational it appeared another tie might be in order as South’s Alex Schreckengost and Parkersburg’s Lucas Prine each finished with an 83.

As it turned out, the Big Reds were a model of consistency as five golfers turned in scores anywhere from 82 to 85. Joining Davis and Prine in the scoring were teammates Lauryn Davidson (82) and Whitney Milhoan (83).

Davidson closed out strong by recording birdies on the 16th and 17th hole, while Milhoan was considered the fifth golfer in the PHS pecking order.

South’s contingent included Shears, Schreckengost and Dylan Cress (89). Trevor Gorrell, who birdied two of his last three holes, and Charlie Fetzner both carded a 90 for the Patriots.

Where the team standings were concerned, PHS won with a 323 total compared to 337 for Parkersburg South. Backed by a 78 from Mac McCormick, Williamstown shot a 377. Joining McCormick in the scoring for the Yellowjackets were Ty Adkins (97), Dalton Smith (99) and Chandler Weber (103).

The fourth Wood County school – Parkersburg Catholic – did not field a team.

“The scores showed that everybody was a little tired from playing this week,” PHS coach Don Snider said. “Austin and Adeena just hit greens, and Adeena is putting lights out. She is one of the best putters I’ve seen.”

Shears’ usually reliable short game took a day off, but she compensated by knocking down her putts, which included a 30-footer for birdie on the 18th hole. She only three-putted once.

“I felt like I played better Monday (at the Parkersburg Club Invitational),” said Shears, who posted two consecutive birdies beginning with her second hole of the afternoon. “My irons weren’t working today.”

Davis also worked his magic on the 18th hole for the second time this week. On Monday, his sand shot near the green fell into the cup for birdie.

“Today on the 18th hole, I hit a driver then a hybrid with a cut -it landed soft on the green,” Davis said. “From where I was standing, it was either in the bunker or really good. As I walked toward the green, I saw it was within 4 to 5 feet for an eagle attempt.”

For Williamstown, McCormick put together a solid round even if it included just the one birdie at No. 16.

“All the way around I was thinking be consistent,” McCormick. “I’m proud of the way I played today.”