RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — The Southern High School Golf Team must feel somewhat snake-bitten. For the second time within 10 days, Southern had what appeared to be a comfortable lead over their TVC opponent, Wahama with only the number six players not yet reporting their scores. 10 days ago, it was Caroline Thompson’s 44 that gave the White Falcons a 2 stroke victory. On Wednesday evening at the Green Hills Golf Club near Ravenswood, Belpre High school easily won the tri-match against Southern and Wahama with a winning score of 167.
The excitement of the match came as the number six players reported their scores. Wahama was down five strokes after five of the players had reported their scores in the play six, count four format. It was then that Wahama’s number six player, Freshman Mason Hicks, turned in his score of 45 for the match. This allowed Wahama to eliminate a score of 50 and gave them a team total of 185 which meant Wahama and Southern were now tied. In high school golf, a tie is broken first by turning to the 5th best score posted by both teams. Wahama’s 5th best score turned out to be a 50 posted by another Freshman, Nolan Pierce. This beat the 51 posted by Southern’s Danny Ranthum.
This Tri-Valley Conference win for the White Falcons means they are still in contention for second place in the Hocking Division. The final upcoming 2 weeks of the season will be interesting as well as exciting.
Belpre, the current leader in the TVC, Hocking Division is still undefeated in league play. Sam Petty’s score of 38 led the winners in today’s match. That score also earned him medalist honors for the day. Belpre’s match against Southern was a TVC match up, but the contest against Wahama was not part of the TVC schedule. Hayden Plummer added a score of 40 for Belpre followed by a 44 from Alex Petty while Brennen Ferrell’s 45 accounted for the 4th score that counted. Dakota Hoffman and Bryce Pittinger also played for the winners with their scores not included in the final tally.
Wahama could only come up with one score under 45 and that was a 42 by Michael Mac Knight. Then, of course, came the 45 by Mason Hicks with both Michael Hendricks and Dakota Sisk shooting 49 to account for the White Falcons 4 scores that counted. Nolan Pierce had the 50 which gave the Wahama team the close win while Samuel Gordon struggled for the first time all season with a 51.
Southern posted 4 scores in the 40’s led by a 41 from Adam Pape. He was followed by Bradley McCoy with a 47, a 48 from Cole Graham and a 49 from Jacob Hoback. Danny Ranthum had a 51 and Ryan Schenkelberg shot a 53.