Roane sizzles

HARRISVILLE -Jaw-dropping immediately comes to mind while describing the stellar performance displayed by the Roane County golfers during Thursday’s Little Kanawha Conference Scramble/Collins/Metz Memorial played at North Bend Golf Course.

The foursome consisting of twin brothers Cole and Cam Moore, along with sophomores Caleb Moore and Hunter Thompson turned in a round of 20-under par 52. No misprint as the Raiders produced four eagles and 12 birdies.

“I didn’t know what to expect – we lost a bunch of distance with two of our seniors leaving from last year’s scramble team,” said Cole Moore, who filled the role as clean-up hitter to perfection after sinking six of his eight putts from the last position in the putting order. The only putt attempts he missed originated from 40 and 20 feet.

“On those putts I made, I figured I had to make them,” Moore said. “I just watched three people putt, so you have the line.”

While Roane posted an identical 10-under par 26 on both sides of the nine-hole layout, several teams created a logjam for second place. St. Marys emerged with the silver medals after finishing with 12 birdies and one eagle for a 14-under 58.

“It was a team effort,” St. Marys junior Drew Wells said. “Nobody really carried us. We don’t feel like we played great, but we didn’t do too bad.”

Third place boiled down to a scorecard playoff between five schools closing out with rounds of 11-under 61 – Ritchie County, Williamstown, Gilmer County, Ravenswood and Webster County. Tournament officials needed to revert back eight holes before determining that Webster County earned the bronze medals over Gilmer County.

Several schools broke out of the gate quickly. Gilmer County was 5-under through its first six holes, while Williamstown reached 7-under through seven holes when Dalton Smith chipped in for eagle on the ninth hole.

On the flip side, schools such as Webster County and Ravenswood overcame slow starts. Webster County was only 4-under through seven holes, while Ravenswood experienced a jolt midway through the day by going 4-under during a three-hole span. A solo eagle from freshman Alex Easthom during that stretch moved the Red Devils to 8-under.

But the story of the day belonged to Roane County. One year after its ‘A’ team tied its ‘B’ team at 8-under at the LKC Scramble.

“Finishing 20-under was phenomenal,” Roane County coach Jim Kendall said. “Even our local scrambles, you just don’t hear a 20. These kids are good under pressure. They drive to go lower. They are going to have a hard time at next year’s LKC Scramble getting better.”

Cole Moore and Caleb Moore were members of Roane County’s ‘A” team at last year’s LKC Scramble team which managed to get into birdie position, but couldn’t get any putts to fall.

“We kind of driver-wedged it today,” Cole Moore said. “It was so equal out there. Cam was hitting the clutch shots there for a while. Caleb hit some nice wedge shots and made some nice putts. Hunter made some clutch shots and was hitting 5-foot putts all day.

“We had two pars, so I guess we left two shots out there.”

Moore nearly made a hole-in-one on the 155-yard fifth hole. His drive hit pin high and curled around the hole before stopping within inches of the cup.

“On that one, I thought it was going to be really good or really bad,” Moore said. “It was pretty good.”