WHEELING, W. Va. — Whenever one qualifies for a state tournament, there should be no shame in the final result.
Point Pleasant junior Bryce Tayengco, competing in his first West Virginia state golf championship, tallied a two-day total of 191 — as he played the challenging par-72 Jones Course at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.
Tayengco, playing Tuesday and Wednesday in the two-day tourney, fired a 90 on the first day — followed by a 101 on Wednesday.
Among the Class AA individual field, he finished tied for 32nd with his 191 — out of 40 individual golfers in the entire classification.
He had qualified for the state meet by shooting 77 at the one-day regional, as the top two individuals not on a qualifying team moved on to Oglebay.
That other individual was Ty Queen of Wayne, who tied for 16th overall with a 171.
Tayengco was the first Point Pleasant player to punch a ticket to the state meet since 2011 — when both Opie Lucas and Erik Albright advanced.
The Black Knights were a AAA golf program five years ago, as this past season was their first year back at AA.
While Tayengco was tied for 32nd, the two players tied for 39th only completed play on one day of two.
There were five golfers behind him that actually completed play on both days, ranging between a 194 and a 230.
Brett Laxton of Wyoming East was the individual Class AA state champion with a two-day total of 151.
Mason Williams of Bridgeport, with a 154, was the individual runner-up.
Wyoming East in Class AA, Cabell-Midand in Class AAA and Charleston Catholic in Class A won the team championships this year.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106