Wheeling – After a 30-minute fog delay and grueling six-hour rounds, the opening day of the West Virginia State High School Golf Tournament on the Speidel Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling is in the books.
In the team competition, Woodrow Wilson (248) finds itself tied for second place with Cabell Midland, just five shots back of overall leader George Washington (243) in Class AAA.
“The course was a little wet and played really tough today,” Woodrow Wilson head coach Butch Freeman said. “When we played the practice round, the greens were lightning fast, but today they were slower, and the kids had a hard time adjusting.”
Class AA defending state champion Shady Spring (266) has some work to do sitting in third place, 14 shots behind first-place Winfield (252). Region 3 Champion Herbert Hoover (258) is in second place, six shots behind the Generals.
“We started really well today, but as the day wore on, we had some struggles over the final few holes,” Shady Spring head coach Greg Daniel said. “We just need to keep grinding, pay attention to detail and have fun tomorrow. In high school golf, 14 shots can disappear in the first three holes.”
Summers County sits in seventh place in Class A, while Pocahontas County is fourth.
Zan Hill led the Flying Eagles with a round of 79, followed closely by Jonah Wilson with an 81. Tucker Lambert shot 88 and freshman Ian Thompson had an 89.
“Zan and Jonah felt like they left a couple of shots out there today,” Freeman said. “I think they all can play a little better Wednesday, We are only five shots back, so we have a chance. That is all you can ask for.”
In the Class AAA individual race. Hill is tied for second with Jack Hayes from Oak Hill. The twosome trails Cameron Jarvis (78) from Cabell Midland by just one shot.
Wilson is tied for sixth, just three shots out of the lead.
Tanner Vest from Shady Spring fired a 79 Tuesday and is the overall leader in Class AA going into Wednesday’s final round. Vest is followed by Bryson Beaver from Herbert Hoover who is tied with Noah Broadwater from Keyser one shot back.
“Tanner actually got a couple of bad breaks today. He really played well,” Daniel said. “I told him before the round that it would be tough and there wouldn’t be any low scores today.”
Nicholas County golfer Ben Marsh is within reach of the lead, five shots behind Vest, while Tanner Walls from Westside is tied for 10th, seven shots back.
Jordy Townley followed Vest with a 91 for the Tigers, while Zach Smith shot 96. Max Bowen shot 87 and Sawyer Osbourn carded a 91 for the Huskies.
Michael Sprague led the Bobcats with a 93, while Sean Cooper shot 94, and Marshall Legg and Brian Cooper each had a 105.
For a full list of scores and results please visit here: State Tournament Scores