Elkins duo turn in solid rounds

WHEELING – Elkins’ Braden Hammond and Kollin Hopwood turned in solid rounds after the opening day of the state high school golf tourney being held at Oglebay Resort.

Hammond shot an 83, while Hopwood turned in an 84. Both are in the top 20 entering today’s final round.

“Braden and Kollin both played pretty well,” Tiger coach Dave Baird said. “It would be nice to see them come out (today) and turn in good rounds to get in the mix for all-state honors.”

The top nine finishers earn all-state honors.

As a team, Elkins finished with a 260 after the first round and is in eighth place. Kole Hopwood added a 93 and Joseph Severino a 107 for the Tigers.

“The course was tough today,” Baird said. “Some holes were extremely challenging and we struggled on the greens.

“Hopefully we can come back (today) and start making some putts.”

Wheeling Park (237) is the leader in Class AAA, followed by Shady Spring and Cabell Midland (244), Washington (249), Parkersburg South (250), Princeton (252), Elkins and Huntington (264).

Parkersburg South’s Alex Schreckengost shot a 76 to lead the Class AAA leaderboard.

Roane County had the lowest team score in any class, shooting a 228, to top the Class AA board. The Raiders’ Alston Spears turned in a 72 on Tuesday, followed by teammate Cole Moore with a 76.

Among Big 10 Conference competitors, Grafton’s Mitch Crutchfield shot an 80 and is in eighth place, and Bridgeport’s Marco Oliverio carded an 82 to tie for 10th in Class AA.

Two-time state champion Charleston Catholic tops Class A with a 236. Pocahontas County (293) is seventh.

Madonna’s Michael Rogers and Charleston Catholic’s Aaron Persily turned in 77s to lead in Class A.

Brandon Wilfong shot a 92 for the Warriors, while Moorefield’s Tanner Carr turned in a 99 and Tygarts Valley’s Alex Hinzman a 105.

Today’s final round will begin at 9 a.m.