Warren’s Farley is MOVJGA 16-18 champion

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. – Warren High School graduate Steve Farley had 14 birdie putts and couldn’t sink one here Friday at Woodridge Golf Club during the final event of the Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association, but that was kind of par for the ex-Warriors’ course.

Farley, who grabbed the $1,000 scholarship for winning this summer’s MOVJGA 16-18 age group, topped runner-up Mac McCormick of Williamstown – the $500 recipient. Farley played in all nine events this summer, but never finished one with a first place effort.

The Methodist University (N.C.) hopeful future golfer shot a solid 3-over par round of 74 to take fourth on the 6,830-yard layout. However, ex-Warren teammate Michael Sams along with Belpre’s Sam Petty and Marietta’s Garrett Bertram went into a three-man playoff after carding identical 73s. Sams was eliminated on the first playoff hole and Bertram outlasted Perry to win on the sixth extra hole with a par.

“I’m going to try out for the golf team,” said Farley, who will room at the Division III school with former Warren teammate Zach McKenna. McKenna finished fourth in the overall season standings, falling just one point shy of Petty and two ahead of Sams, who was fifth this summer.

Parkersburg South golfer Adeena Shears carded a 79 to top the 13-15 age group, which played the course at 6,086 yards. Shears only participated in four MOVJGA events, but won each one she entered.

The 13-15 age group winner for the summer already was decided as Ravenswood’s Alex Easthom tallied 121 points. Shears was runner-up with 80 and was followed by Cameron Bosner, Logan Clegg and Trevor Gorrell. Both Easthom and Gorrell played up on Friday’s final event in the 16-18 division. Eastom finished in a four-way tie for eighth after carding an 80, the same score turned in by McKenna, Coleman Lamp and Noah Smith.

Heath Hill’s 86 was good enough for runner-up honors behind Shears, whose brother Chance was third with an 87. Max Hughes was a stroke back in fourth while Dalton Smith and Bryce Eagle had respective 89s and tied for fifth. The duo of Isaac Trader and Whitney Milhoan had rounds of 93 to finish in a tie for seventh.

McCormick ended his final MOVJGA event of the summer with a 76, which tied him with Ben Collie for fifth. Collie’s teammate at Parkersburg Catholic, Kyra Senchyshak, was a stroke back and settled for seventh.

Only four golfers participated in the 12-and-under division, which played from the red tees at a distance of 2,610 yards.

“My head feels like it’s a bathtub for birds, soaked,” quipped Hunter Tate, who finished with a 61 and will be a seventh-grader at Jackson Middle School next month.

Blake Snyder, a fifth-grader to be at Mineral Wells elementary school, was crowned the 12-and-under MOVJGA champion with 112 points. Snyder took third by finishing a shot better than Tate.

Zach Redmon was runner-up on the day with a 45 and also took second place for the season as he came up four points short of Snyder after posting 108. Redmon, who will be in sixth-grade at Edison Middle School, was topped by Carson Okraska’s 1-over par 37. Okraska, who like Adeena Shears entered four MOVJGA tournaments and won them all, had a par on every hole aside from his bogey on No. 16.

Wes Jenkins’ 101 points were good enough for third in the 12-and-under final standings while Tate was fourth with 82 and Okraska, who will be a sixth-grader at Parkersburg Catholic, was fifth with 80 points.