Strong finish gives McCormick MOVJGA win

ST. MARYS, W.Va. – Other than being a little hot and muggy, Mother Nature decide to cooperate for the first tournament of the summer season on Tuesday during Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association play.

Competing at the nine-hole St. Marys Golf Club, a trio of champions were crowned in three different age divisions as 18 golfers comprised the field.

In the 12-and-under age group, where the golfers only play nine holes, Kelsey Smith was the lone player and carded a 65.

A par 64 for 18 holes, the 13-15 age group competed from the white tees measuring 4,652 yards. The 16-18 age group teed it up from the blue tees for a total distance of 5,044 yards.

Although Alex Sears (40-43-83) and Todd Burner (44-39-83) tied for second, Logan Clegg dominated the 13-15 division with a 10-over par 74. Clegg fired a 1-over par 33 the first time around the nine-holer.

Williamstown’s Mac McCormick closed his afternoon with eight consecutive pars to finish 1-over on the second nine.

His effort of 36 in the morning on the first nine resulted in a winning effort of a 5-over par 69. McCormick’s lone birdie came during his first nine holes when he scored a two on the 134-yard, No. 4 hole.

McCormick’s lone double bogey came on the par 4, 368-yard, No. 5 hole where he took a six and simply stated the reason for the bad score “it was just a bad drive” and he ended up having to try and punch out near the creek from 100 yards.

During his streak of eight straight pars on the second nine, one of those for McCormick came via a chip-in on the 432-yard, par 4, 12th. Playing partner Noah Smith actually chipped in for birdie on the same hole (No. 3) earlier in the day.

Smith’s 74, which consisted of identical 37s, placed him in a tie for second in the 16-18 group with Garrett Bertram (41-33-84).

Cameron Bosner finished fourth in the 16-18 division with an 11-over par 75, where he was just 3-over on the first nine.

Ravenswood High School freshman Alex Easthom, who is eligible to compete in the 13-15 division, is going to play this summer in the 16-18 group, which gives scholarships of $1,000 and $500 to the top two players at the end of the summer. Easthom rounded out the top five with a 76 (41-35).

Trevor Gorrell (40-41-81), Dylan Cress (41-41-82), Dalton Smith (42-44-86), Alex Branham (40-46-86) and Jane Kubala (45-48-93) comprised the remainder of the top 10.

Also in the 13-15 division, Cody Greathouse’s 108 was good for fourth while the trio of McKenzie Dietz (49), Brianna Hart (59) and Abby Eichmiller (64) opted to play just nine holes.

The MOVJGA will begin its second event with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start today at Lakeside Golf Club.