Ritchie pulls off major upset in Regional play

FAIRMONT – A shocker occurred at the Class AA, Region I golf tournament Monday as Ritchie County edged Roane County by three strokes for the championship at Green Hills Country Club.

Roane County, which claimed the Callaway Junior Tour High School Series and owned a record of 166-3, will join Ritchie County at next week’s state tournament.

“The biggest thing was convincing the kids they could do this,” Ritchie County coach Ted VanScoy said. “I told them that as low as Sydney (Snodgrass) could go, we have a chance. The team worked real hard, kept their composure and never gave up.”

Snodgrass turned in the low score for the afternoon with a 1-over par 71. She was joined by Riley Allen (78) and Ben Knight (82) for a team score of 231. Knight went from 11-over par in his first 10 holes to 1-under par over his final eight holes.

“It comes as a complete surprise that we beat Roane County, but not a complete surprise that we are going to state,” VanScoy said.

Representing Roane County were Cole Moore (74), Alston Spears (79) and Cam Moore (81) for a 234 total.

Also competing in the 10-team field was Ravenswood, placing seventh at 302.

The two individuals advancing as members of teams not qualifying were North Marion’s Colton Holbert (80) and Fairmont East’s (80).

Class A, Region I

WEIRTON -Despite slow starts from Coleman Lamp and Robbie Harper, St. Marys picked off the second and final qualifying berth at the Class A, Region I meet Monday at Williams Country Club and advanced to state as a team for the second straight year.

“Coleman had a quadruple bogey and Robbie started off terribly,” St. Marys coach Howard Meeks said. “Ironically, after we shot ourself in the foot at the Little Kanawha Conference Meet, I was obviously disappointed because everyone was focused on their individual score. But today we focused on team golf. They kept battling as a team and everything swung back in their favor.”

Scoring for the Blue Devils were Drew Wells (78), Coleman Lamp (80) and Robbie Harper (86). Madonna captured the regional championship with a 227, while the Blue Devils closed out at 244.

Class A, Region IV

TORNADO – Despite playing without a driver for the entire 18-hole round, Williamstown senior Kody Rhyne earned one of the two individual qualifying spots after shooting a 3-over par 74 during Monday’s Class A, Region IV meet at Ben Bend Golf Course.

“The funny thing about this week is that the team had a practice round Sunday afternoon and Kody broke the head off his driver,” Williamstown coach Russ Schramm said. “He went all day Monday without his driver and just used his 3-wood.”

Another local golfer earned the other individual qualifying spot as Parkersburg Catholic’s Ben Collie carded a 76.

The two placewinners in the team standings belonged to Charleston Catholic (219) and Buffalo (227). Williamstown followed in third place at 236, while Parkersburg Catholic finished fourth at 242.