ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The final round of the Buckeye 8 golf championship turned out to be quite disappointing on Tuesday afternoon.
St. Clairsville entered the final round at the sodden Belmont Hills Country Club with a 39-stroke lead. The Red Devils won the second round by 56 shots and posted an aggregate score of 647, 95 shots clear of runners-up Union Local.
“We got the job done in the first round in Cadiz and (Tuesday) just had to hold on,” St. Clairsville head coach Ryan Clifford said. “We were pretty confident going in (Tuesday) but with the (weather) conditions as they were early and shooting three times better than Cadiz, that says something about our kids because they played well. .”
The players set off early in the morning in the rain, which fell steadily for most of the round. However, this rain came with softer greens, which was to the advantage of the players.
St. Clairsville’s second student, Andrew Abel, took advantage. He posted an impressive 1-of-73 run coming three strokes back to win the Buckeye 8 championship by six strokes.
“Honestly, I think the weather and the wet greens are the reason I was able to shoot so well because I was able to attack (the pins),” Abel said. “My mindset coming in was just to keep it flowing and not let anything else bother me. Part of you always wonders how others are doing, but the most important thing is yourself and your own around the green.
Abel had posted a round 79 a few weeks ago, Cadiz and teammate Evan Fix by three shots and was just one shot ahead of teammate Brodi Foster.
“Winning this (tournament) means a lot to me,” Abel said. “I know my dad is going to be super proud of me when he finds out and that’s pretty much what I’m most excited for.”
Foster’s 78 was the second-lowest score posted in the round and he edged Fix for second medalist with a two-round score of 158.
Fix checked in with an 83 and a two-day score of 159.
Talented rookie Olivia Baker rounded out the Devils’ scoring with an 88 and a total of 178.
“We played pretty well, but I don’t think we’ve done our best yet,” Clifford said. “I think we maybe peaked a little too early last year. We played better (Tuesday) than we’ve played the last week and a half or so. Our kids put a lot of time into it and that It’s no secret that the more time you put into it, the better off you’ll be.”
Union Local, who entered the final round in second place, finished in the same spot. The Jets were led by All-Buckeye 8 performer Beezer Porter, who shot 85 and finished with a 168 in two rounds.
Indian Creek’s Noah Tweedy finished fourth overall with a score of 164. He followed his first round 81 with an 83.
Harrison Central’s Nash Roberts, trailing only Fix after the first round, finished sixth overall with a score of 170. He had shot a 77 on his home course in Cadiz but posted a round of 93.
Wheeling Central def. Border
WHEELING — The Maroon Knights outscored Frontier 302-348 at Crispin Golf Course on Tuesday.
Central’s Justin Doerr was the game’s medalist, shooting 68. He was followed by teammates Tice Curtis led Frontier with a 73 to finish second.
Oak Glen and Brooke tie
NEW CUMBERLAND – Oak Glen and Brooke are tied with identical team scores of 185 in a triathlon match at Mountaineer Woodview Golf Course on Tuesday. Toronto finished third in shooting 200.
Colby Vega led the Golden Bears with 43 while Preston Cole shot 45. Logan Weekley shot 47 and Brady Chaney’s 50 rounded out the OG scorers.
Brooke was led by Henry Anderson’s 43. He was supported by Nick Cipoletti (45), Colton Haught (48) and Owen Petrella (49).
Ty Suffoletta and Noah Karaffa of Toronto scored 41 goals to tie the medal winners.
Oak Glen will return to Woodview next Thursday to host Edison, East Liverpool and Indian Creek.