Smith cards 73 to win tour stop

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).

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.”

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).