ELIZABETH, W.Va. — The defending Class A state champions certainly looked the part Thursday.
The St. Marys golf team claimed a 7-shot victory over the field during the 11-team Little Kanawha Conference Invitational held at Mingo Bottom Golf Course in Wirt County.
The Blue Devils received a solid 1-2 punch that resulted in a pair of the top four individual scores on the day while rolling to a winning tally of 328.
Ritchie County was the overall runner-up with a 335, with Roane County (354) and Wahama (386) completing the top four positions in the field.
Williamson was fifth with a 416 and Calhoun County followed in with a 435. Gilmer County (437) edged out Webster County (440) for the seventh spot.
Braxton County, Ravenswood and Parkersburg Catholic also competed, but none of the three schools had enough participants for a team finish.
Grant Barnhart of St. Marys claimed medalist honors with a 5-over par effort of 77. Teammate Brandon Lawhorn joined Logan Hilkey of Ritchie County and Emerson Simons of Roane County for runner-up honors with identical rounds of 78.
Connor Ingels paced the White Falcons with an 84, followed by Brycen Bumgarner with a 96 and Ethan Gray with a 98.
Ethan Mitchell completed the Wahama scoring with a 108, while Mattie Ohlinger added a 114 as well.
The following is the list of scores for every participant, by team, at the event.
ST MARYS (328): Grant Barnhart 77, Brandon Lawhorn 78, Ethan Bennett 86, Brayden Hall 87, Kyle Jones 96.
RITCHIE COUNTY (335): Logan Hilkey 78, Anthony Rader 80, Dalton Edwards 85, Andrew Freeman 92, Gavin Britton 115.
ROANE COUNTY (354): Emerson Simons 78, Garret Simon 85, Cole Ellis 93, Bryson Watson 98, J.W. Stover 100.
WAHAMA (386): Connor Ingels 84, Brycen Bumgarner 96, Ethan Gray 98, Ethan Mitchell 108, Mattie Ohlinger 114.
WILLIAMSON (416): William Barniak 97, Trevor Powell 103, Payton Stevens 106, Maggie Siley 110, Logan Borkowski 116.
CALHOUN COUNTY (435): Chase Blair 101, Jaden Swearington 108, Josie Montgomery 112, Landen Bennett 114, Drue Good 117.
GILMER COUNTY (437): Adam Stewart 83, James Mohr 98, Logan Arden 126, Mya Hough 130.
WEBSTER COUNTY (440): Reese Williams 100, Zac Carpenter 100, Colton Short 104, Cody Carpenter 136.
BRAXTON COUNTY (N/S): Liston 100, Dobbins 107, Criner 113.
RAVENSWOOD (N/S): Cameron Taylor 94, Jacob Coberly 102, Mason Freeman 140.
PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC (N/S): Blake Lewis 86.
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