Red Devils in lead at state golf tournament after Round 1

PHS’ Prine in contention for AAA medalist

Photo by Cody Tomer Parkersburg’s Isaac Prine hits a shot during high school golf state tournament action Tuesday at the Jones Course in Wheeling.

WHEELING — Success on the golf course does not come without learning from mistakes.

A year ago, Madonna’s Howie Peterson struggled on day one of the West Virginia state golf tournament as he carded an 83, only to rebound and shoot a 74 on the second day to earn all-state honors.

Peterson learned his lesson and made sure he got off to a fast start on day one this year at the Jones Course. On Tuesday, he led the field with an incredible score of 67, which is a 12 shot lead in Class A and three shots better than Bridgeport’s Mason Williams, who is leading in Class AA.

Throughout his impressive opening day, Peterson drained six birdies and avoided any big miscues.

Aside from dominating the challenging Jones Course, Peterson helped push the Blue Dons to second place at the end of day-1 with a team score of 258, just five shots back of the Class A leader Ravenswood (253).

Wheeling Central is currently sitting in third place with a score of 259, six shots off the pace.

Ravenswood’s Carson Fox (79) and Alex Easthom (81) are second and third in single-A, respectively, after round one. The Red Devils’ other contributor is Ciah Kennedy with a 93.

Other performances of note in single-A are Magnolia sophomore Trey Blain, who is in eighth by himself with an 86. Parkersburg Catholic teammates Brice Ferrell, Bryce Moore and Gilmer County’s Haley Wanstreet each shot 89 and are tied for 11th place after day one.

In Class AAA action, it is Washington (240) leading the pack, followed by defending two-time champion Cabell Midland (241), George Washington (243), Brooke (245), Wheeling Park (246), Hedgesville (253) and Parkersburg (255).

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Christian McKisic holds the top score in Class AAA with a 72, while Parkersburg’s Isaac Prine (74), Cabell Midland’s Josef Dransfeld (74) and Washington’s Christian Boyd (75) are also in the top-five.

Locally, Parkersburg South’s Logan Clegg shot an 85 and is tied for 17th in triple-A.

Defending champion Wyoming East (236) lead Class AA, followed by Bridgeport (70) and Westside (257).

Roane County’s Grayson Watson shot a 96 and is 28th overall in double-A.