State golf tourney underway
TV’s Holbrook tied for third in Class A after shooting an opening 82
WHEELING — After a delayed start due to frost, the first day of the West Virginia state golf tournament being held at Oglebay Resort’s Jones Course is in the books.
Tygarts Valley’s Andrew Holbrook had the best day among area competitors.
The senior is tied for third on the Class A leaderboard after carding an 11-over 82 on a brisk Tuesday afternoon.
Defending state champion St. Marys had a team total 45-over 258 to lead Williamstown (51-over, 264) in the single-A team standings.
Moorefield (63-over, 276) is third and Pocahontas County (90-over, 303) is fifth.
J.J. Carr had a 19-over 90 to pace Moorefield on the first day.
Pocahontas County was led by David Gibbs’ 24-over 95.
In Class AA, Elkins sophomore Tanner Miller tallied a 34-over 105 in his first-ever state tourney appearance.
“It wasn’t the score Tanner was looking for,” Tigers coach Dave Baird said. “His short game, which is normally his strength, let him down.
“Hopefully (today) he continues to hit the ball well off the tee and rewards himself with a better short game and score.”
Buckhannon-Upshur finished with a team total 73-over 286 on the opening day and is in eighth place in Class AAA.
Evan Coffman led the Bucs with a 19-over 90, followed by Isaac Lane (22-over 93), Landon Hitt (32-over 103) and Tucker Hurst (42-over 113).
Wheeling Park (29-over, 242) holds a five-stroke lead over George Washington (34-over, 247) in the Class AAA team race.
Shady Spring’s Todd Duncan and Brooke’s Ryan Bilby both shot 6-over 77s to tie for Day 1 low-medalist honors.
Shady Springs (45-over, 258) has a one-stroke lead over North Marion (46-over, 259) in the Class AA team standings after opening-round action.
The tournament concludes today, with first tee time set for 8:30 a.m.