Sun, rain greet Tri-County Golfers at Riverside


MASON, W.Va. — Mother Nature gave the youthful golfers a mixed bag for the Tri-County tournament held on Monday at the Riverside Golf Course in Mason County.

After three stops on this year’s tour, only a few of the age-group champions have been determined. Next week’s tournament will go a long way in deciding who will bring home the Championship Plaques for both the young men and ladies.

It was another large group of golfers that started play in bright sunshine. The 18-19 year old age group had a new player this week. David Davis played and ended up the winner of the first place trophy and the 10 points attached for that position. Zack Morris holds a 10-point advantage with a plaque winner for this group yet to be determined.

There is a three-way race for the championship in the boys 15-17 year old group. Douglas Workman was Monday’s winner shooting a fine 40 for his round. Levi Chapman’s 44 gave him second place for the round. Colton Blakeman finished third with his score of 45.

Jonah Hoback earned four points with his fourth place finish. Curtis Haner was only a stroke behind Jonah’s score of 52. Bryce Swatzel , Dalton Dangerfield and Garrett Chalfant also scored points for their total scores. After today’s totals were tallied, Levi holds a five point lead over Douglas with Jonah still in the hunt seven points behind the leader.

A very close race has developed in the girls division for this age group as four ladies are still in the championship hunt. Mersadies Markins finished 2nd today and now has accumulated 21 points in the competition.

Allie Grueser is only one point behind with both Kaitlyn Hawk and Katelyn Edwards still in the running with 14 points each. Hawk had today’s winning score with Mersadies finishing in a tie for 2nd with Mackenzie Brooks.

Colby Martin has wrapped up the championship plaque in the boys section of the 13-14 year old group with a total of 29 points. His winning score today was a very good 48. Cole Arnott finished second with a 52 while Carl Sayre finished third for the second week in a row shooting a 54. Nicholas Durst, Brayden Ervin, Bobby Musser and Brayden Bush also played in today’s round.

Haley Milhoan playing in her first competitive round of golf was today’s winner in the girls division. Haley is an older sibling of Joseph Milhoan who plays in the 10 and under age group.

Dylan Tayengco and Brad Hawk are involved in a close race for the championship in the 11-12 year old age group. Dylan has accumulated 20 points while Brad is close behind 16 points. Dylan shot a fine 42 to win todays round. Brad’s score placed him second.

The girl’s division in this group was won again today by Easter Swain. Easter has now accumulated 30 points and cannot be caught in the point race.

Theoretically, Grant Roush could be caught in the 10 and under boys age group. However, this could only happen if he fails to show up for next week’s competition. Grant won today’s competition shooting a 56. Joseph Milhoan was only three shots behind shooting a 59 for the day.

Sam Arnold finished third with a 64. Noah Leachman shot a 66 while Carlo Averion was two shots further back with a 68. Newcomer Zadok Tolliver shot 70 in his first competition.

Allie Norris won her division today which assures her of winning the championship plaque having a total of 28 points to date.

Next week’s tournament at Cliffside Golf Course in Gallipolis will be held on Wednesday, July 8. Play is open to all area youth. There is a fee of $10 which includes the golf and a small lunch afterwards. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with play starting at 9 a.m. Questions can be answered by calling either of the following: Jan Haddox ( 304) 675-3388, Jeff Slone (740) 256-6160 or Bob Blessing (304) 675-6135.

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