Moore, Kalaskey claim top spots at Callaway event

RAVENSWOOD – It was a hot, heavy afternoon at the Green Hills Country Club in Ravenswood for Wednesday’s Callaway Junior Tour event, but the atmosphere was lightened by some scores well below the air temperature.

Cole Moore, of Roane County, edged brother Camden by a single stroke with an even-par 72 to win the boys’ 17-18 division, and Torren Kalaskey carded a one-over 73 to capture the girls’ 15-18 divisional crown.

Logan Clegg, of Parkersburg South, and Nicholas Ward, of Warren, each shot a 78 to take joint third in the boys’ 15-16 division, behind Ayden Wyckoff’s winning 74. Whitney Milhoan, of Parkersburg High, recorded a 77 to finish four strokes behind Kalaskey in the girls’ 15-18 group, and Kenzie Dietz, of Waterford, finished third behind them with an 85.

Moore, who graduated from Roane County this spring and will be golfing for Marshall next year, spoke to the quality of the rest of the field.

“The competition is good,” Moore said.

“My class going through – ever since we were 12-and-under, there have been a lot of 72s and 73s. You’ve got to play good to win.”

Moore is an experienced campaigner on the Callaway Junior Tour, and not unused to the victory podium.

“I’ve been playing Callaway since I was about 10; I haven’t been playing as much lately, with getting ready for college, but I won Edgewood a couple days ago, and others in the past.”

Kalaskey, who will be a junior at George Washington High School in the fall, treated spectators outside the clubhouse with a beautiful shot on the par-3 18th. Playing the back nine first, she reached the halfway point of her round in style, knocking her first shot straight and true over the large water hazard and onto the green. The ball rolled perfectly on line for what, for a moment, appeared an ace opportunity, but was finally caught by the steep back-to-front sloped green. Her birdie putt just missed, but was close enough to tap in for an easy par. Her impressive performance on the day brought about a personal milestone.

“I’ve won before (on the Callaway Tour), but by default. This is my first real win,” the pretty champion smiled.

She praised the quality of her competitors, and the hosting course.

“The others are mostly very good players; we’ve played together a lot.

“I like this course a lot. It’s my first time here; I like it, though. I love the greens especially.”

Regarding the blind tee-shots, large water hazards and hilly terrain which make Green Hills a potentially intimidating course,” Kalaskey said. “I had to just zone them out. Once I take aim I can zone out the other stuff.”

The day brought a second cause for celebration for Kalaskey, as her brother Jacob won the boys’ 12-and-under division with a 91. Paxton Gordon and Trey Blain each shot 80 to share the boys’ 13-14 title, and Mary Denny won in the girls’ 10-14 division with a 99.

The Callaway Junior Tour is dedicated to the future of golf, and on the evidence on offer Wednesday the future here, as elsewhere, is in good hands. Girls’ champion Kalaskey summed up the afternoon with an explanation of her love of the game, saying “I like it that I can see improvement in myself, and that I can just get out of the world and concentrate on the game.”