WHEELING — Wheeling Central’s Justin Doerr, solely a sophomore, didn’t shrink back from the second on Tuesday afternoon at Oglebay’s Crispin Golf Course.
In a playoff gap for the 1A/2A OVAC title and going head-to-head with senior and final yr’s defending champion Cole Tegano of Steubenville Catholic, Doerr stepped proper up and drained a four-foot birdie putt to earn his personal OVAC medalist award.
“It was simply one other gap of golf to me,” Doerr stated of the playoff gap. “I simply needed to hold taking part in and hold hitting it.
“It’s an superior feeling. Not lots of people get an opportunity to compete as a sophomore so I’m excited to have a pair extra years left to do it.”
Doerr and Tegano’s group completed lengthy earlier than the remainder of the sphere and with a big lead, the 2 elected to go-ahead with the playoff gap as an alternative of ready till the tip.
“I simply wished to go,” Tegano stated. “I used to be unfastened and I felt good with my tee-shot on 1 as a result of I might drive the inexperienced however I hit it a bit of left of the inexperienced and it was a nasty spot to rise up and down.
“I simply couldn’t get it carried out.”
Doerr and Tegano every completed 18 holes tied at 70 after each taking pictures 35 on the back and front nines.
The 2 went back-and-forth all day atop the leaderboard.
On the entrance 9, Doerr and Tegano every surged out to two-stroke leads solely to see the opposite rally from behind.
“That’s what you play for,” Doerr stated. “Cole is an superior participant and he performed terrific (Tuesday). To have the ability to compete with him is a whole lot of enjoyable however it’s superior to come back away on high.
“My putter was huge for me. I had at-least 5 15-footers or extra. If I don’t putt nicely, I’m not even near Cole.”
An eagle on 12 gave one other two-stroke result in Doerr however the veteran Tegano used back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 to tug even and power an exciting playoff gap.
“It was a battle all day for positive,” Tegano stated. “I used to be simply attempting to do what I did final yr. It was sort of the identical state of affairs final yr. I went eagle and birdie to win however this yr I used to be attempting to hit 16, 17 and 18 and make eagles if potential. I nearly had it however not fairly.
“(Doerr) is a superb participant and he made a bunch of putts. He most likely made a 70-footer off the inexperienced on 7 and a 20-footer off the inexperienced on 2. He was simply making putts all day.”
Tegano didn’t go away empty-handed, nonetheless. After 5 straight workforce championship victories by Wheeling Central, it was Steubenville Catholic rising from the sphere to seize its first OVAC title since 2011 and its eleventh general.
Together with Tegano’s runner-up efficiency, the Crusaders acquired an All-OVAC displaying from Brendan Schaefer, who carded a 77 to complete third general.
Vince Barcalow turned in an 84, Johnny O’Karma tallied an 87 and Jacquelyn Bensur added a 117 within the triumph.
“That is really a testomony to the children,” Steubenville Catholic coach Pete Lancia stated. “They performed nicely all day — all 5 of them. We put in a whole lot of work and you may see the consequence. The fact is that we wished this one actually dangerous. Final yr we fell six strokes quick and it stung. This was a giant one on the calendar.
“I’d appreciated to have seen Cole win and get a medalist and a champion however you may’t have all the things. That’s life.”
Frontier completed second with a 326, behind an All-OVAC effort from Karter Satterfield, who completed fifth general with an 80 and Toronto used an All-OVAC end from Hunter Keenan, who turned in a 79, to seize third place within the workforce standings.
Final yr’s defending champion Maroon Knights positioned fourth with a 354.
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