GAALIPOLIS, Ohio — A larger than expected group of young men and woman showed up at the Cliffside Golf Course in Gallipolis on Wednesday morning.
Many of the various age group championships were at stake. The group had to play in very wet conditions including several rain showers that visited throughout the morning. However, all of the participants showed determination as well as talent to achieve their goal.
The end result was that nine individuals were determined champions in their own age group. The competition was close in many of the classifications.
Zack Morris was the winner in the men’s 18-19 year old group. Morris is a veteran of this league and it is the first time he earned the Championship Plaque.
The 15-17 year old men’s age group had some serious competition. Medalist for the day was shot by Bryce Tayengco, who shot a 38 for the day. However, Tayengco was not able to play in two of the tournaments so his point total put him in third place in the point race. Douglas Workman missed one tournament and his third place score gave him a grand total of 25 points and second place in the final point totals. Levi Chapman’s determination and steady scores earned him the title of Champion in the age group. Chapman’s score of 43 placed him in second for the day, earning him eight points. His accumulated total of 32 points gave him the Victory Plaque by seven points. Curtis Haner, Mathew Martin, Garrett Chalfant and Dalton Dangerfield also earned points.
A steady four week performance by Mersadies Markins gives her the win in the girl’s group of this age classification. Her total points for the competition was 31 giving her the title.
Colby Martin’s four week effort gave him first place or a share of first each week giving him a total of 39 points to win the Champion Title. Wyatt Nicholson’s second place finish today placed him in third position in the final point totals. Carl Sayre’s consistent four week scoring earned him second place in the final point totals. Nicholas Durst was another consistent player, but his total points were not enough to finish in the top 3.
Haley Milhoan is the Champion in the girl’s section of this age group. Haley is new to the game, but will improve as she continues to learn.
Dylan Tayengco, Bryce’s younger brother, won Wednesday’s competition in the 11-12 year old age group. His victory, with a score of 47, gave him the Championship Plaque with a total of 30 points for the year. That gave him a six-point advantage over the 24 earned by Brad Hawk. Jay Sayre finished third on Wednesday and third in the overall competition.
The girl’s division in this age group was won again on Wednesday by Easter Swain. This made the fourth consecutive week Easter has won this group providing her the Championship Plaque.
The popular 10 and under age group was won by a newcomer. Maddux Camden, a player last year, but a first time player this year shot a fine 48 to win the 1st place trophy. Grant Roush finished third with his score of 57. This took Roush’s yearly point total to 33 giving him the Championship Plaque. Joseph Milhoan finished in second place with his score of 56. This gave Joseph a point total of 22 for the season and a second place finish in the yearly point race. Sam Arnold finished third in the point race with 20. Noah Leachman was fourth on Wednesday and in the season long point race. Beckett Camden and Zadok Tolliver also played in Wednesday’s competition.
Lindsey Martin won her second victory in Wednesday’s tournament, edging Ali Norris. Unfortunately, Martin was only able to play in two events this season. Norris was present each week allowing her annual point total to win the yearly race.
There is one more tournament on this year’s Tri-County Calendar. It will take place Monday, July 13, at the Hidden Valley Golf Course in Point Pleasant. It is scheduled as a “Fun Day”. Each played will be assigned a handicap based on the scores achieved during the season. There will be a low net and a low gross score for each player. All participants, regardless of their handicap, will receive a prize. The prizes are donated by the participating golf courses and sponsors. All area youth are invited to play even if they have not played previously this year. The cost is $10 for each player which includes a small lunch after play is completed. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with play scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Questions may be answered by calling any of the following: Jan Haddox, 304-675-3388, Jeff Slone, 740-441-5284 or Bob Blessing, 304-675-6135.