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St Marys claims regional golf title

Photo Provided Left to right: Coach Catie Hamilton, Ethan Bennett, Brayden Hall, Brandon Lawhon, Grant Barnhart, Kyle Jones, and Asst. Coach Blaze Armstrong.

WHEELING — Coming in with a team score of 222, St. Marys claimed the Class A, Region I championship and punched its ticket to state Monday at Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay Resort.

The Blue Devils posted the best regional team score all across single-A, courtesy of Brandon Lawhon’s 4-under 67, Grant Barnhart’s 1-under 70 and Brayden Hall’s 85. Ethan Bennett carded a 90, but only the top three individuals counted towards the team score.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of this team,” said St. Marys head coach Catie Hamilton. “This was a huge win for us, Anyone who knows golf knows that this year some of the best teams in the state were all placed into one region and today was a great match against some amazing teams and players. I knew today was going to be a challenge for our team and I was so happy to see their hard work pay off. The golf games were unreal and there were so many impressive scores under par.”

Placing second as a team and earning a state berth was Williamstown with a mark of 227. In third was Parkersburg Catholic (259) followed by Wheeling Central (229), Ritchie County (237), Magnolia (272) and Tyler Consolidated (267).

Central’s Justin Doerr earned Medalist honors, carding a 66. He and Catholic’s Blake Lewis, who shot a 72, qualified for state as individuals.

For St. Marys, the duo of Lawhon and Barnhart will make the Blue Devils a dangerous team at state. It was a show by Hall, though, that secured their state berth.

“I knew it was going to come down to the third score of whether or not we secured a spot in the top two to go to state,” Hamilton said. “I was waiting on Brayden and Ethan to finish when I heard this loud cheering coming from 16 green. Brayden drove the green and made a 20-foot putt for eagle that sealed the deal for the win and everyone went crazy It was so exciting.

“Brandon went for four straight birdies his last four holes to shoot 4-under par. It was amazing to watch and everyone was so excited. I saw him getting discouraged and we had a little pep talk leading into those last holes and he hit fire. He had played great all day and to see some putts finally start to drop was a very satisfying feeling for him.

“Grant was a great asset to the team today coming in with a 1-under round of 70. With our top two players coming in with rounds of a total 5-under as a team is amazing. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. He stayed consistent all day and didn’t let the pressure get to him.”

Roane advances to state

CLARKSBURG — Roane County finished as the team runner-up to Robert C. Byrd here Monday in the Class AA, Region II championship held at Clarksburg Country Club.

The Raiders were led by senior Garrett Simon’s 83. Emerson Simons followed with an 86 while Raider teammates Cole Ellis and Bryson Watson each shot an 88 to post a team score of 257.

RCB, which won the regional by nine strokes with a 248, was led by Alex Hawkins’ 75.

Liberty’s Jacob Gallagher fired a round of 72 to earn medalist honors. Both Gallagher and Tanner Miller of Elkins, who shot an 85, also advanced to the state tournament on Oct. 6-7 at Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Park.

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