PARKERSBURG — Late in the golf season, St. Mary’s got a new look.
In addition to coach Katie Hamilton joining the team in time for a possible fourth straight title, the fourth-ranked golfer on the ladder won back-to-back titles while earning individual runner-up honors in the Little Kanawa Conference. to get the team’s highest score. See you again at the regional convention.
State tournaments are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.
“I am very excited to be back in the team.” “I loved being at home with my new baby, but I was definitely rooting for them from home,” said Hamilton, who gave birth to a baby girl at the beginning of the fall sports season.
“It’s been hard being away from the program for so long, but I’m really happy to be back.”
St. Mary’s will be competing in a Class A eight-team field that includes Champion Caliber Wahama and Wheeling Central. Gilmer County also qualified as a team.
The Blue Devils defeated Wheeling Central by three strokes to win the district title at Mingo Bottom Golf Club, while the Wahamas won the district title at their home course at Riverside Golf Club.
“It’s really hard to narrow down the scorers to three.” Hamilton said. “Winning the region definitely gave us a boost of confidence in the state, but we definitely need a job.”
The St. Mary’s team consists of Brayden Hall, Preston Lawhon, Trent Renner and Cole Darnold. Darnold moved from Ritchie County in the offseason, and in eight days he emerged with the hottest stick of recent times, including two of his second-place finishes.
“Before the game, I am reminded that golf is just a game.” Darnold said. “I’m not working, so I’m just going out to play.”
Another eight who are not members of an eligible school will also be on the state tournament field. The local contingent includes Blake Lewis of Parkersburg Catholic, Mason Nichols of Tyler Consolidated, Kellan Lucas of Ravenswood and Logan Bennett of Calhoun County. Lewis has made four appearances in the state qualifier and is a medalist in his sophomore year.
“Wheeling requires a great tee shot, and that’s how you score big.” Lewis, who did not claim a spot on last year’s All-Tournament team, said. “If you know that, anything can happen. If you have a bad hole, you have to forget it. That’s one thing I couldn’t do last year.”
“As long as this year is redemption, yes. I threw it out the door last year. I can’t change what I did. increase.
Nichols is also a senior. In contrast to Lewis, this is Nichols’ first trip to Wheeling in the postseason. He reversed course this year after he missed one slot finding his way with his team in the All-His LKC Tournament. As a junior, he earned a spot on the All-LKC Team, but missed out on qualifying for the state tournament.
Nichols believes his brother Colby is part of the support staff.
“Colby plays with me on the golf course. We play together all the time.” Mason said. “If you ask him to run to the golf course with me, he’ll say, ‘Of course.’ I’m not going to play every hole you want to play, but I’ll ride with you. .
“He is always with me.”
In Class AA, LKC Player of the Year Emerson Simmons from Loein County will seek his first All-Tournament finish with four tries. She became a regional medalist after shooting 80.
“Emerson is definitely happy that she qualified. She’s very ecstatic.” loane county coach gym “Baba” Kendall said. It’s finally time for the National Selection. That’s what she’s playing for. ”
In Class AAA, Parkersburg Jr. Brielle Milhoang is an all-new entrant for the event. Milhoang and Parkersburg South Jr.’s Parker Vanoy shot 80 in the region to secure her two individual slots in the state.
“Brielle missed a 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole. Her goal was to shoot in the ’70s, so she was a little disappointed.” Vince Guiscoach of PHS said. “When she came off the green, she hit a good shot.
“With Brielle, there is no doubt that she is working hard on her game. She loves the course.”
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