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Bearcats win the regional golf championship, once again

Posted: Thursday, Sep 27th, 2012


GRAFTON -- Coach Mike Crutchfield contacted the Mountain Statesman shortly after his Grafton High School Golf Team returned home from the Eastern Panhandle Monday evening with the Class AA Region II Championship Golf Tournament Trophy in their hands.

This marks the eighth time in nine years that the Bearcats have captured a regional title, and next Tuesday, October 2, they will be making their ninth consecutive appearance in the West Virginia High School Championship Golf Tournament, having added one runner-up finish to their eight victories.

The two-day state tournament will be held on the Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling on Tuesday, October 2, and Wednesday, October 3.

“I am proud of our kids for the effort that we put together during this tournament, and we will be going back to Wheeling,” coach Crutchfield said. “Unfortunately, another golfer had to be disqualified for signing an invalid scorecard, and that is one of those sad mistakes that tends to occur once in a while during athletic competitions.

“Nevertheless, we would have still qualified for the state tournament as the runner-up team, anyway, because our kids played well,” Crutchfield noted.

The Bearcats used an 80 by Mitchell Crutchfield, an 82 by Zac Musgrove, and an 84 by Lucas Ware to produce a winning team score of 246, leaving Zac Summers’ 93 as the alternate round on the Valley View Course.

The scoring format for the regional tournament, and the state tournament, is a play four and score three method.

Grafton’s win was aided by the disqualification of Bridgeport’s top golfer, Brent Rhodes, who had an 18-hole round of 74, instead of the 73, which was recorded on the scorecard that he had signed.

As a result, the Indians went from an apparent victory, into a tie for third place with a team score of 270. That total came from Marco Oliverio’s low-medalist round of 74 strokes, Tyler Bokey’s 97 strokes, and James Goots’ 99 strokes.

Oliverio will compete in the state tournament, individually, for the Indians.

Bridgeport shared third place with Robert C. Byrd, as Jeremy Riffle and Jeremy Thomas chipped in with matching 88s, and Ezra Calef added a 94, for a 270 effort. That left the 100 strokes by Louis Carvelli as the alternate round for the Eagles.

Taking full advantage of the Bridgeport mistake, the Lincoln Cougars qualified for the state tournament, as the runner-up team from Region II, with a team score of 265. The trio of Matt Tucker, with an 81, Ryan Holcomb, with an 83, and Mikayla Prunty, with her 101 gave the Cougars the second-place finish. Plus, Frankie Spadafore’s 136 resulted in the alternate round for Lincoln.

Fifth-place went to Keyser, as Matt Landis, with an 82, Travis Smith, with a 92, and Josh Bane, with a 102, recorded 276 strokes for the Golden Tornadoes, leaving Logan Stanislawcyck’s 107 as their alternate performance.

Philip Barbour came in sixth with a total of 112 strokes, coming from Luke Freeman, with an 87, Logan Collins, with an 88, and Caleb Hawkins, with a 104, with Zach Howdershelt’s 112 becoming the runner-up effort for the Colts.

The Berkeley Springs Indians carded a 284 team score, thanks to Colin McPeak’s 89, Rhett Beddow’s 92, and Chase Bowers’ 103, with Chris DeVeiling adding an alternate round of 113 strokes.

There was a tie for eighth place between the Petersburg Vikings and the Frankfort Falcons, as both teams needed 313 strokes for their trio of golfers to complete the course.

Brian George, with a 93, Ryan Colaw, with a 97, and Chris Sullivan, with a 123, scored for the Vikings, leaving Cody Berg with an alternate round of 128 strokes.

Frankfort’s threesome of Jake Phares, with a 100, Colby Adkins, with a 106, and Nick Smith, with a 107, scored, while Tyler Conley was the alternate with a 119 effort.

Liberty only entered two golfers in the event, with Chase Morris carding a total of 99 strokes, and Ty Wickline being disqualified.

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