HARRISVILLE, W. Va. - Down a man, Roane County didn't miss a beat.
Tuesday afternoon in their season-opener, the Raiders successfully defended their championship at the Collins-Metz Memorial Golf Tournament by compiling a team score of 296 at North Bend Golf Course. Sophomore Cole Moore placed runner-up after shooting a 3-under par 69, while Alston Spears (71) and Hunter Simmons (77) each earned a spot on the 10-member all-tournament team.
Caleb Moore made his high school debut as an incoming freshman and rounded out the Raiders' scoring after carding a 79.
KERRY PATRICK Special to The Times
Williamstown’s Chandler Weber watches his putt on the fifth green Tuesday afternoon at North Bend Golf Course during the Collins-Metz Memorial Golf Tournament. Weber shot a 4-over par 76 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
One of Roane County's starters - sophomore Cam Moore - missed the event since he was busy competing in the second round of the 94th West Virginia Amateur at the Greenbrier Resort.
"It feels very good to start off on a good note," said Roane County coach Jim Kendall, who led the golf program to a Class AA state title a year ago. "The kids played all summer and worked hard at it. When you do that, it's going to pay off in the end.
"It never hurts one bit when your freshman shoots a 79. It's probably going to be the Moore show a lot this year."
Collins-Metz Memorial Golf Tournament
At North Bend Golf Course (Par 72)
Team standings: 1. Roane County 'A' 296; 2. St. Marys 299; 3. Williamstown 310; 4. Parkersburg Catholic 319; 5. Ritchie County 320; 6. Ravenswood 363; 7. Wirt County 390; 8. Roane County 'B' 401; 9. Tyler Consolidated 416; 10. South Harrison 463
Medalist: Drew Wells, St. Marys, 67
Runner-up: Cole Moore, Roane, 69
All-tournament: Ben Collie, Parkersburg Catholic, 70; Alston Spears, Roane, 71; Mac McCormick, Williamstown, 72; Coleman Lamp, St. Marys, 73; Riley Allen, Ritchie, 74; Ben Knight, Ritchie, 74; Robbie Harper, St. Marys, 75; Ty Adkins, Williamstown, 75; Chandler Weber, Williamstown, 76; Hunter Simmons, Roane, 77
Roane County 'A': Cole Moore 69, Alston Spears 71, Hunter Simmons 77, Caleb Moore 79, Forrest Greenlee 83
St. Marys: Drew Wells 67, Coleman Lamp 73, Robbie Harper 75, Jared Nichols 84, Josh Richard 98
Williamstown: Mac McCormick 72, Ty Adkins 75, Chandler Weber 76, Dalton Smith 87, Kody Rhyne 90
Parkersburg Catholic: Ben Collie 70, Carson Weyer 81, Ryan McCarty 84, Abby Roberts 84, Cody Offenberger 98
Ritchie County: Riley Allen 74, Ben Knight 74, Jon Harkness 85, Sydney Brill 87, Hunter Bishop 111, Triston Wright 113, Tyler Layfield 117
Ravenswood: Caleb Meiage 79, Trey Hatcher 91, Evan Mericol 96, Trace Boso 97, Jon Watkins 120
Wirt County: Darrin Roberts 80, Seth Enoch 92, Alex Sears 106, Kenny Radcliff 112, D.J. Thorn 117
Roane County 'B': Dalton Simmons 85, Nathan Kendall 90, Hunter Thompson 94, Allie Kendall 132, Jerrod Hildredth 137
Tyler Consolidated: Nathan Kemp 82, Ty Pratt 101, Sean Samerlin 115, John Lancaster 118, Adam Cooper 120
South Harrison: Tanner Simons 93, Tyler Stout 101, Omar Zapata 129, Logan Carpenter 140
Without Cam Moore out the lineup, St. Marys nearly had enough firepower but fell short by three strokes. Blue Devil sophomore Drew Wells, who placed runner-up last year at regionals, found almost every fairway with his drives on the back nine and birdied three holes to go with one eagle as part of a 5-under 31.
That strong finish enabled Wells to earn medalist honors with a 67. Two teammates - Coleman Lamp (73) and Robbie Harper (75) - were recognized on the all-tournament team.
A birdie on the 10th hole followed by an eagle on the very next hole catapulted Wells into the lead.
"On No. 11, I hit my drive down the middle then hit a 4-iron to about 20 feet and hooked a putt in for eagle," said Wells, who had just one bogey during his round.
"On the back nine, I was just hitting it down the middle, and hitting my irons really well," Wells said. "I was striking the ball. But I didn't get overaggressive trying to shoot lower. I was playing for par."
A few hiccups prevented Cole Moore from closing the gap between himself and Wells.
"I bogeyed some easy holes - I bogeyed the par 5 seventh hole and that's reachable in two even if you top it," Cole Moore said. "I had a few three-putts, but I scrambled really well.
"Actually, this is the best I've shot on this course. My previous best was a 78."
Rounding out the all-tournament team were Parkersburg Catholic's Ben Collie (70); Williamstown's Mac McCormick (72), Ty Adkins (75) and Chandler Weber (76); and Ritchie County's Riley Allen (74) and Ben Knight (74).