By Bob Blessing Special to OVP
July 9, 2014
MASON, W.Va. — The young golfers of the Frank Capehart Tri Count Golf league have been Blessed with excellent weather once again. The 4th stop on this years tour was played Monday, July 7, at the Riverside Golf Course in Mason, West Virginia. Sunshine and blue skies prevailed and there was a refreshing breeze that kept the golfers cool. The golf course was in fine condition and played fast and firm.
The competition was keen in almost all of the age groups. Sam Arnold led the 10 and under age group in the boys division. Sam’s points earned for the year totaled 28 placing him in second place for the year. He finished just 4 points behind CJ Angel who was absent for Monday’s tournament. The girls winner in this age group was won once again Lindsey Martin. Lindsey’s total for the year also came to 30 points giving her the age division championship.
Colby Martin, one of Lindsey’s older brothers, won the first place trophy for the third time this season in the 11-12 year old age group. His 30 point total gave him a 2 point edge over Cooper Davis, who finished second in the day’s competition, in the race for the championship. Jay Sayre shot his best round of the year to finish third for the day. Nicholas Durst, finished third in the championship quest with a total of 22 points. Cole Arnott, Landon Acree, Weston Baer, Ty Bartrum and Brant Rocchi also provided some good competition at various times throughout the season.
The 13-14 year old age group also had some serious competition for the day and the yearly race. Levi Chapman managed a one stroke victory for Monday’s first place trophy. His 47 shots for the day turned out to best Colton Blakeman by one shot. Jasiah Brewer was third for the day shooting a 50 while Wyatt Nicholson posted a 51. Carl Sayre and Caleb Stanley also turned in competitive scores for the day. Colton Blakeman came out the winner in the age group championship. His 32 points edged Levi Chapman by 4 points for the year.
Kaitlyn Hawk won both the first place trophy for the day and the age group championship in the girl’s division.
Jacob Hoback won his first weekly tournament of the season shooting a fine 42 for the day. His score beat Matthew Martin by just 2 strokes. Those two strokes ,however, kept Matthew from ending up in a tie for the age group championship A victory in the weekly tournament would have given Matthew a tie with Nathan Redman. Nathan’s final total for the year was 28 points, two points ahead of Matthew. Newcomer Jared Parissi finished third for the day’s competition. Mitchell Metts, Grant Gilmore, Cliff Chapman and Jacob Brewer also played in the weekly tournament.
Allie Gruser won her third straight weekly tournament which also gives her the victory in the annual age group competition. However, she did receive some serious competition from Victoria Walker who finished within 4 shots of Allie’s final score for the day.
Next Monday, July 14, will be the final contest for this year. It will be held at the Hidden Valley Golf Course in Point Pleasant. It is the annual ” Fun Day ” for the participants. Each player receives a handicap based on his/her previous scores. Prizes will be passed out based on the day’s score. All players will receive a prize or two. Pizza and soft drinks will be served and it is hoped that some of the parents will provide a dessert or two. This tournament is open to all area youth even if you have not played in any of the previous tournaments. The fee is $10.00 which includes the golf as well as the lunch and prizes. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with play starting at 9:00 a.m. Questions can be answered by calling any of the following : Jan Haddox ( 304 ) 675-3388. Jeff Slone, (740) 256-6160 or Bob Blessing (304) 675-6135.