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Golfers compete in Callaway Jr. Tour playoff series

Photos by Jay W. Bennett Chatum Courson, who is entering seventh grade at Fort Frye, finished in fourth place in the 12-and-under division during Monday’s Callaway Junior Tour playoff series event at Parkersburg Country Club.

VIENNA — Hard and firm conditions along with a heat index in the triple digits welcomed Monday’s participants at the Callaway Junior Tour playoff series event held at Parkersburg Country Club.

Golfers in six different divisions battled all season long to reach the final two events with hopes of qualifying for the last 18 holes of the campaign, which will take place starting 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Meadows Course at The Greenbrier Resort.

Parkersburg High School freshman Brielle Milhoan won for the fourth time this summer in the 10-14 age division.

Her 87 was two strokes better than runner-up Emerson Simons.

The Roane County sophomore, who has five victories this year, still holds a slim 180-175 overall total points lead on the Big Red. Lauren Cline of Mineral Wells was third with a 104, Elizabeth’s Avery Fife was fourth with a 116 and Bridgeport’s Audrey Kerr was fifth with a 132.

Photos by Jay W. Bennett St. Marys’ Grant Barnhart prepares to drive the ball on hole No. 10 at Monday’s Callaway Junior Tour playoff series event at Parkersburg Country Club. The Blue Devil was 20th in the 15-16 age division.

A pair of locals had to use the overall back nine score tiebreaker to determine the champion in the boys 17-18 age group.

Although Ripley’s Davis Haynes and Parkersburg South’s Mace Busch carded respective 76s, it was the Patriot who took home the hardware thanks to besting the Viking by one stroke on the back nine, 38-39.

“I could’ve done a lot better. I left a lot of strokes out there. I had a good day other than a couple of holes,” admitted Busch, who added of the heat “if it was a little cooler I wouldn’t be very mad about it, but the heat doesn’t bother me pretty much.”

Busch said his main focus in preparing for the high school season will be “getting off the tee. As long as I can get off the tee really well I should play good.”

The Patriot also added of the upcoming prep year, which was cut short by two weeks, “I can’t wait for it. It needs to come sooner. I believe we are going to win a state title.”

Keyser’s Evan Matlick carded a 77 to finish alone in third place. Bridgeport’s Caden Moore and Chester’s Jacob Gittings tied for fourth with 79s. Ripley’s Andrew Manley and Roane County’s Garrett Simon finished in a three-way tie for ninth along with Mannington’s Michael Harris after shooting 84s.

After tasting victory 10 times in as many tries, Clarksburg’s Carson Higginbotham had his winning streak snapped in the 12-and-under division. His round of 76 was a shot shy of champion Andrew Pennybacker of Wheeling. Mason’s Grant Roush had a 79 to edge Beverly’s Chatum Courson by a single stroke. Thompson Evans of Charles Town was fifth with an 84.

Parkersburg Big Red teammates Nicole Lincicome and Molly McLean had rounds of 82 and 84 to finish third and fourth, respectively, in the 15-18 division. Kerri-Anne Cook of Oceana won the title and had the low round of the day for the girls at PCC with a 79, which was a shot better than the 80 carded by Hurricane’s Savannah Hawkins. Milton’s Taylor Sargent and Emma Nicol of Charleston tied for fifth after shooting 86s.

The boys 15-16 division also was tight with Barboursville’s Cameron Jarvis (74), Charleston’s Andrew Goldman (75) and Wheeling’s Noah Seivertson (76) taking the top three spots. Marietta’s A.J. Graham finished in a three-way tie for fourth with a 78 alongside Zan Hill of Daniels and Lewisburg’s Alex Kagan. St. Marys’ Brandon Lawhon had an 80 and placed ninth.

Scott Depot’s Jackson Woodburn had the low round of the day with a 73, which was five strokes better than 13-14 age division runner-up Jack Michael of Huntington. Andrew Johnson of Fraziers Bottom (83), Shady Spring’s Tanner Vest (84) and Wheeling’s Campbell Koegler (90) rounded out the top five. Carson Moore of Beverly had the top area effort with an 83, which tied him for sixth with Fairmont’s Will Lemasters.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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