Warren’s Chance Weihl qualifies for last Callaway event

VIENNA, W.Va. — Weather conditions were not as big of a factor as originally predicted for the Callaway Jr Tour Playoff Series that took place Monday at the Parkersburg Country Club.

Around 10:00 a.m. youth golfers from across West Virginia, Pensylvania, and Ohio began competiting with a shotgun start. From then on golfers of all age groups, from 12 years old to 17/18 year olds, went hole to hole in an attempt to get their best scores.

This was the first of two events to end the Callaway Jr Tour season. Those who golfed Monday were competiting for a ticket to go the playoff finale which will take place July 25 at the Greenbrier Resort’s Meadows Course.

This year the compeition saw 73 golfers, many of which have been returning to the Callaway Jr Tour for years. Players like Christian Mckisic and Ayden Wyckoff have participated for about 8 years. Mckisic ended up winning first place for his age group 17-18.

“We’ve started the same year and we’ve been playing for ever.” said Wyckoff. “I got one more year and this is his last year [Mckisic].”.

There also were many Mid-Ohio Valley locals who hit up the green at the Callaway Jr Tour Playoff Series. Soon to be Parkersburg High golfer Molly McLean ended up taking first place in the girls 10-14 age group with a six-over par 79.

Parkersburg’s William Barniak finished 12 strokes behind winner Jack Michael in the Boys 12 and under group. Warren’s Chance Weihl carded a 8 for third place in the Boys 13-14 age category, while Ripley native David Haynes, penned a 77 good for second place in the Boys 15-16 age competition.

To qualify for the Callaway Jr. Tour Playoff series, the golfers had to play through 10 official events this season. At the end of each event the winner is awarded 30 points, second place 20, and third place 15. Others may be awarded some points depending on how many golfers were competiting in a group. They accumalated the points throughout competitions and that’s how these young golfers qualified to get to the playoff series.

At the end of the day only the top 3 in each group qualified to compete at the Greenbrier. The tour also announced that Emmal Nicol, a golfer in the girls 15-18 age group from Charleston, won the Callaway Junior Tour Sportsman of the Year award. This award is given in honor of Larry Martin and it is awarded to those who demonstrate superb manners on and off the course.

“This was the 7th time the award has been given out, and was fitting that the award be given out today at the Parkersburg Country Club where Larry Martin was headpro and GM for many years,” said director of Junior Golf at the West Virginia Golf Association, Chris Slack.

The Callaway Jr Tour will wrap up its season Wednesday in White Sulphur Springs.