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Frontier’s Karter Satterfield claims OVAC golf title

Courtesy photo Frontier’s Karter Satterfield claimed Medalist honors at Tuesday’s OVAC 1A/2A golf championships in Wheeling, W.Va.

WHEELING, W.Va. — Wheeling Central won its sixth OVAC 1A/2A golf championship in the last seven seasons Tuesday at Oglebay’s Crispin Course, while Frontier’s Karter Satterfield came out of nowhere to earn Medalist honors.

Central rolled to a 42-stroke victory with a team card of 298, followed by last year’s defending champion Steubenville Catholic (340), Frontier (343), Conotton Valley (350) and Shadyside (351).

“Our kids work really hard and they practice hard all the time and I’m just proud of them,” Wheeling Central coach Jim Mortakis said. “We had four out of five golfers hit in the 70s and we’ll just keep plugging along.”

Leading the charge for the Knights was junior and defending individual champion Justin Doerr with a 71. For most of the day it looked like he would be the winner until Satterfield finished with a remarkable score of 69 to earn medalist honors.

“I would have liked Justin to be able to play with Satterfield so he would have known where he stood but I’m happy that we still had three out of the Top 5 golfers,” Mortakis said.

Doerr drained three birdies on the day, which included the Par 3 No. 1 and two Par 5s (No. 4 and No. 12). He came close to garnering three more on 15, 16 and 17 but the first two birdie putts sat on the lip of the cup and did not fall and the third lipped out.

“I hit it pretty well but not a lot of putts fell for me,” Doerr said. “But that’s just golf. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I shot a 71 but I had 33 putts. If I make more putts I probably win but it is what it is.”

Doerr defeated Steubenville Catholic’s Cole Tegano a year ago in an overtime hole in the OVAC final and he received a good luck text from his old foe before teeing off.

“Cole has kept in touch and has always been really nice to me,” Doerr said. “I look for him to have a lot of success at Cal U (of Pa).”

As for the overall winner, Satterfield finished fifth last year with a score of 80, which he improved this year by 11 strokes.

“I missed a lot of putts this year and last year but last year I was ripping the driver on every hole and I played stupid,” Satterfield said. “This year, I took it easy and kept my focus.”

Satterfield turned in five birdies in the event on holes 1, 4, 14, 17 and 18.

“I worked all summer, spring and all of last year for this,” he said. “I fell short at sectionals and at OVACs so I just kept grinding and this means a lot.”

Monroe Central’s Zander Potts placed fifth for All-OVAC honors with a card of 77.

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