PARKERSBURG - Here Tuesday at South Hills, the next to last Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association event took place with former Parkersburg South Patriot Noah Smith (16-18), Caleb Scharff (13-15) and Zach Redmon (12-and-under) earning individual age group victories.
Starting at 8 a.m. today at Woodridge Golf Club, Ravenswood freshman Alex Easthom will try and make MOVJGA history as he attempts to hold his lead and become the youngest golfer to capture the 16-18 age group title. Easthom, who finished fourth Tuesday with an 8-over par 79, is not eligible for the $1,000 scholarship for first place or the $500 runner-up scholarship. Playing up an age class, the 14-year-old leads the 16-18 point standings with 123.
However, Smith is in second place with 118 points and is followed by Marietta High's Garrett Bertram (107) and Williamstown's Mac McCormick (102).
JAY W. BENNETT Special to The Times
Alana DeLancey, a junior-to-be at Belpre High School, hits a pitch shot on a MOVJGA tour stop at South Hills Tuesday.
Those three are the only golfers within striking distance of the scholarship money.
"I'll take a 73 for sure on my home course. I played really well on the front. It was a good day," said Smith, who had his lone birdie on No. 9 and a trio of bogeys at 8, 13 and 18.
"I should've bogeyed 18, but I shouldn't have bogeyed 13. I missed about a foot and half putt for par on 13. I had a bunch of putts. I just didn't make a ton. I made a lot of pars, which is what I wanted to do."
Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf
Association at South Hills, par 71
16-18 (par 71)
Noah Smith 35-38=73
Garrett Bertram 37-38=75
Mac McCormick 39-39=78
Alex Easthom 40-39=79
Dylan Cress 40-40=80
Cameron Bosner 40-41=81
Trevor Gorrell 45-39=84
Bryant Nedeff 43-46=89
Alana DeLancey 45-45=90
Turner Schilling 43-49=92
Janey Kubala 44-50=94
Isaac Trader 45-51=96
Dalton Smith 49-47=96
Alex Branham 55-49=104
Franklin Miller 49-60=109
Caleb Scharff 39-44=83
Logan Clegg 40-46=86
Heath Hill 42-47=89
Jordan Welch 43-48=91
Chance Shears 47-45=92
Jordan Mader 46-51=97
Kenzie Dietz 48-50=98
Cody Greathouse 58-50=108
Abby Eichmiller 55-62=117
Bailey Glodowski 61-63=124
12-and-under (back nine, par 36)
Zach Redmon 46
Grant Hussey 49
Hunter Cowan 55
Blake Snyder 56
Mace Busch 59
Dustin Corley 59
Daniel Wharton 61
Ben Trader 68
MOVJGA AGE GROUP LEADERS
16-18: Alex Easthom* 123, Noah Smith 118, Garrett Bertram 107, Mac McCormick 102
13-15: Logan Clegg 121, Heath Hill 84, Chance Shears and Caleb Scharff 68
12-and-under: Zach Redmon 70, Blake Snyder 67, Tyler Bagley 56, Mac Busch 51, Ben Trader 46, Kelsey Smith 39
* Denotes the 14-year-old Easthom, who is playing up a division, isn't eligible for the $1,000 first place or $500 runner-up scholarship award
Note: The final tournament of the MOVJGA series begins at 8 a.m. today at Woodridge.
Bertram's 75 was good enough for runner-up honors at South Hills. McCormick was third and finished one stroke ahead of Easthom. Dylan Cress (80) was fifth and was followed by Cameron Bosner (81) and Trevor Gorrell, who managed an 84 despite losing four balls.
Scharff carded a 39 on the front and finished with an 83, which was three strokes better than 13-15 age group runner-up Logan Clegg. Heath Hill (89), Jordan Welch (91) and Chance Shears (92) were in a tight bunch to round out the top five. Jordan Mader, who will be a freshman at Parkersburg South this year, was sixth with her 97, which just nipped Kenzie Dietz by a single stroke.
With a victory being worth 20 points in the MOVJGA, Clegg already has secured the division title with his 121 points. Hill is currently in second with 84, while Shears and Scharff are tied for third with 68 apiece.
The 12-and-under crown will be decided today as Redmon, who won Tuesday with a 46, has a narrow 70-67 points lead against Blake Snyder.
Grant Hussey's 49 was good for second at South Hills and he was followed in the youngest age group by Hunter Cowan (55), Snyder (56), Mace Busch (59), Dustin Corley (59), Daniel Wharton (61) and Ben Trader (68).
Tyler Bagley is in third place this summer with 56 points. The remainder of the top six features Busch (51), Trader (46) and Kelsey Smith (39).