Patriots’ Golf Headed to Wheeling
Parkersburg South wins Class AAA Regional title
By JOSH HUGHES
RAVENSWOOD – It came down to a few strokes and an overtime hole, but Parkersburg South evaded the field on Monday at Green Hills Country Club to capture the Class AAA Regional title. Of the six competing teams, the top two lowest team scores advanced to the state tournament on October 6-7 at the Speidel Golf Club (Jones Course) at Oglebay Park in Wheeling alongside the two lowest scoring individuals from non-qualifying teams.
It was a tight contest down the stretch, but PSHS and Cabell Midland both qualified with the lowest team score of 240. That left the Parkersburg Big Reds on the outside looking in by two strokes. Ripley’s Davis Haynes (76) and Andrew Manley (77) qualified with the lowest individual scores, even though the Vikings (260) finished fourth as a team.
The win for the Patriots came after their top three scores tied the top three of the Knights, and although both squads made it to Oglebay, there was still a champion to crown. The teams played hole 1 again with the lowest combined team score winning the championship. South’s top three Mace Busch (75) Dustin Corely (79) and Blake Snyder (86) all had their scores counted in the original round, as Eli Reeves (90) was the highest scoring player on the team. This time, Reeves came up clutch and sank a bogey to bring home the gold. Head coach B.J. Hess talked about what it took for his team to get to this moment.
Mace played great, shooting a 75. It’s what you want to see out of him,” he said. “He’s the best golfer, and the captain of the team this year. Then, Dustin Corley the last few matches we’ve had is one of the best scorers we’ve had. I think he was either a medalist or co-medalist for our most recent matches. He’s playing right where he needs to. This is the first time we’ve beaten PHS in stroke play this year. They’ve had our number the last few times. This is also the first time we’ve ended up beating Cabell this year score-wise.ã
On the other side of the rivalry, the PHS team of Molly McClean (81), Nicole Lincicome (79), Daniel Wharton (82) and Hayden Leavitt (90) missed the mark. This team loses senior leadership from Wharton and Lincicome, as head coach Don Snider reflected on this team, and where it goes from here.
“It’s heartbreaking for our kids, because if you play lousy and get beat, you don’t feel too bad. They played really well today,” he said. “Normally, a score like that will get you to state. I’m sure if you go back over this in a week, you could’ve found strokes here and there. Our goal was to shoot 240, and we shot 242. We thought 240 would win it, and it did. Iám heartbroken for the kids. They played their hearts out, and they’re great kids. You hate to see the season come to a grinding halt like this.”
For Ripley’s Haynes and Manley, the expectation to qualify was always on the table. Haynes talked about his day and what he said to his teammate after it was made official.
“I hit the ball well today. I just feel like I didn’t score in the places I needed to,” he said. “I hit all but two fairways. I hit a lot of greens, but I didn’t make a lot of crucial birdie putts, but I did enough to qualify and go to Oglebay. It feels good. I know Ripley hasn’t had a lot of success in the golf world at state since probably the 90s. (Manley) played well today, and I played well today. That’s what we talked about, and we said that even though we didn’t make it as a team, at least we both get to go.”
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