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Local golfers power through tough conditions at Parkersburg Country Club

Photos by Jay W. Bennett Vienna’s Brielle Milhoan bested the field in the girls 10-14 age division during Monday’s Callaway Junior Tour playoff series event at Parkersburg Country Club.

VIENNA — Hard and firm conditions along with a heat index in the triple digits welcomed Monday’s participants at the Callaway Junior Tour playoff series event held at Parkersburg Country Club.

Golfers in six different divisions battled all season long to reach the final two events with hopes of qualifying for the last 18 holes of the campaign, which will take place starting 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Meadows Course at The Greenbrier Resort.

Parkersburg High School freshman Brielle Milhoan won for the fourth time this summer in the 10-14 age division. Her 87 was two strokes better than runner-up Emerson Simons. The Roane County sophomore, who has five victories this year, still holds a slim 180-175 overall total points lead on the Big Red. Lauren Cline of Mineral Wells was third with a 104, Elizabeth’s Avery Fife was fourth with a 116 and Bridgeport’s Audrey Kerr was fifth with a 132.

A pair of locals had to use the overall back nine score tiebreaker to determine the champion in the boys 17-18 age group.

Although Ripley’s Davis Haynes and Parkersburg South’s Mace Busch carded respective 76s, it was the Patriot who took home the hardware thanks to besting the Viking by one stroke on the back nine, 38-39.

Vinnie Guice, who will be an eighth-grader at Jackson Middle School, reacts on his final hole of the day after his putt just missed the cup.

“I could’ve done a lot better. I left a lot of strokes out there. I had a good day other than a couple of holes,” admitted Busch, who added of the heat “if it was a little cooler I wouldn’t be very mad about it, but the heat doesn’t bother me pretty much.”

Busch said his main focus in preparing for the high school season will be “getting off the tee. As long as I can get off the tee really well I should play good.”

The Patriot also added of the upcoming prep year, which was cut short by two weeks, “I can’t wait for it. It needs to come sooner. I believe we are going to win a state title.”

Keyser’s Evan Matlick carded a 77 to finish alone in third place. Bridgeport’s Caden Moore and Chester’s Jacob Gittings tied for fourth with 79s. Ripley’s Andrew Manley and Roane County’s Garrett Simon finished in a three-way tie for ninth along with Mannington’s Michael Harris after shooting 84s.

After tasting victory 10 times in as many tries, Clarksburg’s Carson Higginbotham had his winning streak snapped in the 12-and-under division. His round of 76 was a shot shy of champion Andrew Pennybacker of Wheeling. Mason’s Grant Roush had a 79 to edge Beverly’s Chatum Courson by a single stroke. Thompson Evans of Charles Town was fifth with an 84.

Parkersburg South’s Mace Busch shot a 3-over 76 to win the 17-18 age group title at Monday’s Callaway Junior Tour playoff series event at Parkersburg Country Club.

Parkersburg Big Red teammates Nicole Lincicome and Molly McLean had rounds of 82 and 84 to finish third and fourth, respectively, in the 15-18 division. Kerri-Anne Cook of Oceana won the title and had the low round of the day for the girls at PCC with a 79, which was a shot better than the 80 carded by Hurricane’s Savannah Hawkins. Milton’s Taylor Sargent and Emma Nicol of Charleston tied for fifth after shooting 86s.

The boys 15-16 division also was tight with Barboursville’s Cameron Jarvis (74), Charleston’s Andrew Goldman (75) and Wheeling’s Noah Seivertson (76) taking the top three spots. Marietta’s A.J. Graham finished in a three-way tie for fourth with a 78 alongside Zan Hill of Daniels and Lewisburg’s Alex Kagan. St. Marys’ Brandon Lawhon had an 80 and placed ninth.

Scott Depot’s Jackson Woodburn had the low round of the day with a 73, which was five strokes better than 13-14 age division runner-up Jack Michael of Huntington. Andrew Johnson of Fraziers Bottom (83), Shady Spring’s Tanner Vest (84) and Wheeling’s Campbell Koegler (90) rounded out the top five. Carson Moore of Beverly had the top area effort with an 83, which tied him for sixth with Fairmont’s Will Lemasters.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

Callaway Junior Tour Playoff Series

at Parkersburg Country Club, par 73

BOYS 17-18

T1. Mace Busch, Parkersburg 76

T1. Davis Haynes, Ripley 76

3. Evan Matlick, Keyser 77

T4. Caden Moore, Bridgeport 79

T4. Jacob Gittings, Chester 79

T6. Jack Giobbia, Morgantown 80

T6. Christopher Miller, Grafton 80

8. Norris Beard, Lewisburg 83

T9. Andrew Manley, Ripley 84

T9. Michael Harris, Mannington 84

T9. Garrett Simon, Spencer 84

12. Zack Morgan, Fairmont 85

T13. Berkley Adwell, Lewisburg 86

T13. Rigel Wilson, Webster Springs 86

15. Gavin Fox, Ravenswood 88

16. Alex Hawkins, Clarksburg 92

17. Bryce Rhoades, Barrackville 93

18. Dakota McNemar, Clarksburg 100

19. Robert Stemple, Clarksburg 102

BOYS 15-16

1. Cameron Jarvis, Barboursville 74

2. Anderson Goldman, Charleston 75

3. Noah Seivertson, Wheeling 76

T4. A.J. Graham, Marietta 78

T4. Zan Hill, Daniels 78

T4. Alex Kagan, Lewisburg 78

8. Evan Coffman, French Creek 79

9. Brandon Lawhon, St. Marys 80

10. Andrew Bowie, Clarksburg 81

T11. Bryson Beaver, Elkview 82

T11. James Dailey, Martinsburg 82

T11. Mario Palumbo, Charleston 82

T11. Austin Willard, Charleston 82

15. Matthew Carney, Barboursville 84

16. Tristan VanBuren, Caldwell 85

T17. Carter Wells, Barnesville 86

T17. Sawyer Osbourn, Clendenin 86

19. Liam Ritter, Marietta 87

20. Grant Barnhart, St. Marys 88

21. Kyle Hibberd, Charles Town 90

T22. William Turner, Charles Town 93

T22. Matthew Asanovich, Martinsburg 93

24. Ethan Bennett, St. Marys 97

BOYS 13-14

1. Jackson Woodburn, Scott Depot 73

2. Jack Michael, Huntington 78

3. Andrew Johnson, Fraziers Bottom 83

4. Tanner Vest, Shady Spring, 84

5. Campbell Koegler, Wheeling 90

T6. Carson Moore, Beverly 93

T6. Will Lemasters, Fairmont 93

8. Edward Kehl, Little Hocking 94

T9. Preston Lawhon, St. Marys 99

T9. Landen Barkley, Fairmont 99

T9. Braxton Martucci, Morgantown 99

12. Cole Darnold, Cairo 106

13. Trent Renner, Friendly 108

14. Caden Musgrove, Fairmont 121

BOYS 12-and-under

1. Andrew Pennybacker, Wheeling 75

2. Carson Higginbotham, Clarksburg 76

3. Grant Roush, Mason 79

4. Chatum Courson, Beverly 80

5. Thompson Evans, Charles Town 84

6. Lucas Riggleman, Petersburg 85

7. Isaac Hutchison, Lewisburg 86

8. Finlay Lorimer, Morgantown 91

T9. Vinnie Guice, North Hills 92

T9. Alex White, Barboursville 92

GIRLS 15-18

1. Kerri-Anne Cook, Oceana 79

2. Savannah Hawkins, Hurricane 80

3. Nicole Lincicome, Vienna 82

4. Molly McLean, Vienna 84

T5. Taylor Sargent, Milton 86

T5. Emma Nicol, Charleston 86

7. Sara Veara, Berkeley Springs 87

8. Anna Earl, Vienna 100

9. Maddie Erwin, Winfield 107

10. Marra Johnson, Bridgeport 117

GIRLS 10-14

1. Brielle Milhoan, Vienna 87

2. Emerson Simons, Spencer 89

3. Lauren Cline, Mineral Wells 104

4. Avery Fife, Elizabeth 116

5. Audrey Kerr, Bridgeport 132

QUALIFIERS for Wednesday’s Playoff Series

at The Greenbrier Resort, Meadows Course

GIRLS 10-14: Simons (180), Milhoan (175), Aubrey Estel (140)

GIRLS 15-18: Hawkins (313.5), Cook (305.5), Nicol (137.8), McLean (136), Remmey Lohr (112), Lincicome (94), Erwin (87.5), Sargent (76.25)

BOYS 12-and-under: Higginbotham (330), Pennybacker (204.5), Roush (188.5), Hutchinson (185.5)

BOYS 13-14: Michael (254), Woodburn (211), Vest (168), Drew Matlick (155)

BOYS 15-16: Jarvis (229), Beaver (183.3), Goldman (154.5), Dailey (138.8), Seivertson (128), Palumbo (96.25), Carter Wells (96), Chance Weihl (91)

BOYS 17-18: Miller (216.8), Moore (166.8), Matlick (163), Busch (145.5), Gittings (137.3), Simon (105.5), *Fox (102.5), Haynes (90.5)

*Denotes opted not to play will be replaced by Norris Beard

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