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Morgantown captures first-ever Area 1 golf title, College’s Spiker low medalist

Mohigans, Hawks qualify for subsequent week’s state match

MORGANTOWN — The Pines Nation Membership performed host to the 2023 WVSSAC Class AAA Area 1 golf match on Monday morning with eight groups battling it out to qualify for subsequent week’s state match. The highest two groups and prime two particular person finishers within the regional match earn qualification to states subsequent week at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.

The Morgantown Mohigans took first place total with a staff rating of 230, with each participant delivering a rating within the 70s. They have been adopted by rival College Excessive Faculty, which tallied a staff rating of 237 on the day. The Hawks bested the third-place finishers, Wheeling Park (238), by a single stroke to qualify for the state match as a staff.

“These guys have labored laborious all season to get up to now,” MHS head coach Joel Barrett stated. “They spent the offseason within the weight room, they performed a ton of golf, they gelled properly as a staff and supported one another each step of the way in which. They’re so tight relating to their expertise and as teammates.”

UHS senior Landon Spiker completed because the low medalist for the day with a rating of 74 whereas Morgantown’s Gabriel Watson completed runner-up with a 76.

“It felt like I couldn’t miss a putt as we speak,” Spiker stated. “I used to be hitting each membership properly and down the center. You attempt to make it as simple as potential on your self on the market and I put myself in some good positions on a tricky course.”

Watson was the low-scorer for the Mohigans, and he was adopted by two 77s from Andrew Sheets and Braxton Martucci, with Solas Chinn-Kreiner carding a 78.

“It’s an excellent day when you’ll be able to scratch a 78 as your highest rating,” Barrett stated. “I’m assured that our guys are enjoying their greatest golf of the yr as a complete and hope they will carry that into states subsequent week.”

The Hawks will ship Spiker, Daniel Grabo, Owen Estel, and Adam Argabrite to the Jones Course at Olglebay subsequent week. Together with Spiker’s regional low of 74, Estel tallied an 80, with Argabrite carding an 83, and Grabo an 84.

“I’m actually happy with Landon as we speak, and all of our gamers to get up to now,” UHS head coach Barry Kolar stated. “They haven’t stop this yr and have continued to struggle. We are able to’t wait to get to Wheeling subsequent week and see what we will do.”

Spiker started the day 3-over after a bogey-double bogey begin on the primary two holes, however performed the remaining sixteen holes at even-par.

“I don’t know if that will’ve been the case a yr in the past,” Kolar stated with a chuckle and a nudge to Spiker. “16 holes of even par golf to win the low medalist for the day is particular and a robust assertion.”

The Hawks and Mohigans will tee off on Tuesday and Wednesday for the 2023 WVSSAC state golf match on The Jones Course at Speidel Golf Membership with tee occasions to be introduced quickly.

Full staff outcomes are:

  1. Morgantown – 230
  2. College – 237
  3. Wheeling Park – 238
  4. John Marshall – 253
  5. Bridgeport – 254
  6. Brooke – 265
  7. Buckhannon-Upshur – 266
  8. Preston – 278