POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Sometimes, things happen when you least expect them.
That was certainly the case on a warm and beautiful Monday morning at the Hidden Valley Country Club for the initial tournament of the 2017 Frank Capehart Tri County Junior Golf League.
A large turnout of 46 young golfers turned out to play, which was the largest attendance for one of these events in many years. In addition, at times, the golf was outstanding.
All of the age groups had players, both male and female, that produced excellent shots. The consistency was lacking now and again, but the bottom line seems to be that golf is gaining a strong foothold in the local area.
The best performance of the day was turned in by Hayden James of Proctorville (OH) in the 18-19 year old age group. Hayden shot an outstanding score of 1-under par 35. At one point, he was 3-under par before a couple of bogies grabbed him halfway through his round. Nate Redman finished second in this group with a 42, while Curtis Haner turned in a 46.
Traylor Boggs led the girls in this 18-19 year old group with a 43.
Another very good score was shot in the 15-17 year old age group. Levi Chapman carded a 1-over par 37 for his round. The competition was excellent among his peers.
Wyatt Nicholson was second with a 41 while Jensen Anderson was a shot behind with a 42. Whitney Byrd was next with a 43 while Justin Vogt and Jarret Hoback added a pair of 45s.
Also playing in this group was Andrew Vogt, Caleb Stanley, Bryce Swatzel, Theo McElroy, Logan Colburn, Carl Sayre, Gus Kennedy, Joseph Cotterill. Jonah Hoback had to leave early for another commitment and was unable to complete his round.
Two girls competed in the 15-17 group. Kaitlyn Hawk finished first with a 60 while Sarah Bunce was second with a 63.
The 13-14 year old group was paced by TJ Vogt who shot a 51, followed by Trenton Peacock with a 54.
Casey Greer was third with a 56 while Jay Sayre was fourth with a 62. Matthew Morris, Zack King and Bryce Grubb also play in this group.
Caitlin Cotterill won the girls section of this group with a 64.
A tie for first came about in the 11-12 age group. Both Connor Ingels and Landon McGee finished with scores of 45. Joseph Milhoan was third with a 54.
Caleb finished fourth with his score of 63. Kaden McCutcheon and Dalton Peacock also played in this group.
Grant Roush led the way in the Under-10 group with a fine score of 41. Second was Bronson Shepard with a 51 while Noah Leachmen finished a close third with his 52.
Riley Cotterill was fourth with a 58. Alex Conway, Ben Supple, Zayden Tolliver and Wyatt Shepard also played in this group.
Marlo Norris was the Under-10 girls winner with a 54. Alli Norris and Bailey Smith tied for second place with their 68s.
The second leg of the tournament schedule will take place Monday, June 19, at the Meigs County Golf Course located in Pomeroy, Ohio.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with play scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The tournament is open to all youth of the area. The fee is $10 per player that includes the golf and a small lunch after play is completed.