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Locals shine in final junior tour event

Myers, Simon and Discini places 1st

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Harrisville’s Bentley Myers prepares to putt during Saturday’s Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League event at the Golf Club of West Virginia. Myers tied for first in the A Division with Washington’s Kolson Camp.

WAVERLY — The fifth and final stop of the Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League was quite competitive here Saturday afternoon at the Golf Club of West Virginia.

In the A Division, Washington’s Kolson Camp and Harrisville’s Bentley Myers have been battling head-to-head all summer long.

For the second time, the pair tied for first after finishing their six holes at plus-11. Myers and Camp also tied for the top spot at MiniBel Par 3 Golf Course. Camp was coming off victories at both Worthington and Woodridge, where he beat Myers by a single stroke at the Mineral Wells course.

Marietta’s Anthony Discini made birdie on his first and last hole to run away with the AA Division win after shooting a 1-over par 37. Mt. Zion’s Jude Walker was runner-up with a 48, which was two strokes better than Elizabeth’s Izac Dotson and Beverly’s Khoen Courson, who tied for third.

Discini was coming off a victory at Woodridge and the event prior to that at Worthington he tied Walker for first place. Dotson won the AA Division on his home course at Mingo Bottom and Courson did the same in the opening event of the summer but in the A Division.

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Roane County’s Garrett Simon taps in for par on No. 8 at Saturday’s stop at the Golf Club of West Virginia. Simon shot a 1-under par 35 en route to winning the AAA Division.

Roane County’s Garrett Simon carded a quartet of birdies and managed a 1-under par 34 to top the field in the AAA Division.

It was the first time the Raider played in one of the events this summer. Simon said he’s looking forward to the prep golf season, which would’ve already started had it not been pushed back two weeks by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

“There’s nothing we can do about it,” admitted Simon, who held off a Ritchie County contingent that featured runner-up Dalton Edwards shooting an even par 36 that included seven pars, a bogey on No. 1 and a birdie on the par-5 fourth.

Rebels Cole Darnold and Logan Hilkey, who had AAA wins at both MiniBel and Mingo Bottom, tied for third at 4-over.

Ritchie County’s Anthony Rader, who was looking for his third straight win after besting the field at Worthington and Woodridge, finished at plus-5 and in fifth place.

Photos by Jay W. Bennett LEFT: Harrisville’s Bentley Myers prepares to putt during Saturday’s Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League event at the Golf Club of West Virginia. Myers tied for first in the A Division with Washington’s Kolson Camp. CENTER: Roane County’s Garrett Simon taps in for par on No. 8 at Saturday’s stop at the Golf Club of West Virginia. Simon shot a 1-under par 35 en route to winning the AAA Division. RIGHT: Avonlea Lewis, who will be a fourth-grader at Vienna Elementary, react after a shot during play Saturday afternoon.

Ravenswood’s Kelan Lucas and Ritchie County’s Andrew Freeland tied for sixth with respective 43s. Vienna’s Jack Louden posted a 45, good for eighth place, and was followed by Williamstown’s Madilyn Buttrey (51), Lost Creek’s Dylan Hall (54), Mineral Wells’ Brody Allman (58), Pennsboro’s Ryan Weekley (59) and Charleston’s Anthony Herrald (64).

Tripp Morrison of St. Marys finished solo fifth in the AA Division after shooting a 53. He was followed by the Morgantown duo of Abby Kingora and Bradley Warner, both of whom shot 54, as Elizabeth’s Kate Dotson (62) and Parkersburg’s Marcus Retheford (65) rounded out the field.

Also competing in the A Division were Charleston’s Wes Kenney and Fairmont’s Eli Ranieri, who tied for fifth at plus-11.

The remainder of the six-hole competitors featured Paul Eddy of Mineral Wells (+21), Wheeling’s Brielle Schimmel (+22), Williamstown’s Olivia Buttrey (+23), Mineral Wells’ Aaron Eddy (+25), Weston’s Mason Karp (+26) and Mineral Wells’ Dylan Criss.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Avonlea Lewis, who will be a fourth-grader at Vienna Elementary, react after a shot during play Saturday afternoon.

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