SHADYSIDE’S Luke Bell watches his shot on the again 9 of Oglebay’s Crispin Course, which performed host to the OVAC Class 1A/2A event Tuesday. Wheeling Central claimed the staff title for the eighth time in 10 seasons.
WHEELING — One yr with out an OVAC staff trophy was lengthy sufficient for the Wheeling Central golf staff.
Coach Jim Mortakis and the Maroon Knights returned to glory on Tuesday at Oglebay’s Crispin Course as they received their sixth OVAC 1A/2A championship within the final seven years and their eighth title within the final 10 seasons.
Central rolled to a 42-stroke victory with a staff card of 298, adopted by final yr’s defending champion Steubenville Catholic (340), Frontier (343), Conotton Valley (350) and Shadyside (351).
“Our youngsters work actually laborious and so they apply laborious on a regular basis and I’m simply happy with them,” Mortakis mentioned. “We had 4 out of 5 golfers hit within the 70s and we’ll simply preserve plugging alongside.”
Main the cost for the Knights was junior and defending particular person champion Justin Doerr with a 71. For many of the day it regarded like he could be the winner till Frontier’s Karter Satterfield completed with a exceptional rating of 69 to earn medalist honors
“I might have preferred Justin to have the ability to play with Satterfield so he would have recognized the place he stood however I’m comfortable that we nonetheless had three out of the High 5 golfers,” Mortakis mentioned.
Doerr completed second, whereas Central’s Ryan Costanzo and Nate Woods had been additionally named All-OVAC with playing cards of 74 and 75, respectively. Landon Prager (78) and Luke Tiu (82) had been strong for Central, as properly.
“That’s what’s nice about it, all of them make one another push more durable,” Mortakis mentioned. “Ryan tries to push Justin on a regular basis and Nate is a newcomer and he’s a extremely lengthy hitter. Luke is a freshman and Landon got here via with a extremely good spherical and I couldn’t be extra happy with them.”
Doerr drained three birdies on the day, which included the Par 3 No. 1 and two Par 5s (No. 4 and No. 12). He got here near garnering three extra on 15, 16 and 17 however the first two birdie putts sat on the lip of the cup and didn’t fall and the third lipped out.
“I hit it fairly properly however not a number of putts fell for me,” Doerr mentioned. “However that’s simply golf. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I shot a 71 however I had 33 putts. If I make extra putts I most likely win however it’s what it’s.”
Doerr defeated Steubenville Catholic’s Cole Tegano a yr in the past in an time beyond regulation gap within the OVAC remaining and he acquired an excellent luck textual content from his previous foe earlier than teeing off.
“Cole has saved in contact and has at all times been very nice to me,” Doerr mentioned. “I search for him to have a number of success at Cal U (of Pa).”
As for the general winner, Satterfield completed fifth final yr with a rating of 80, which he improved this yr by 11 strokes.
“I missed a number of putts this yr and final yr however final yr I used to be ripping the motive force on each gap and I performed silly,” Satterfield mentioned. “This yr, I took it simple and saved my focus.”
Satterfield turned in 5 birdies within the occasion on holes 1, 4, 14, 17 and 18.
“I labored all summer season, spring and all of final yr for this,” he mentioned. “I fell brief at sectionals and at OVACs so I simply saved grinding and this implies lots.”
Monroe Central’s Zander Potts positioned fifth for All-OVAC honors with a card of 77.
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