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OVAC Golf: South Unseats WP for 5A Title

Shears is first female medalist

September 13, 2013
By DAVE MORRISON - Staff Writer (DMorrison@theintelligencer.net) , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Parkersburg South's Adeena Shears took a laid-back approach as she approached her one-hole playoff with University's Eric Wirth on Thursday for Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 5A medalist honors.

"Do your best, it's all you can do," she said.

It's a pretty simple approach.

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Photo by Dave Morrison

Wheeling Park's Cole Hand

To win?

"It would be pretty cool," Shears said.

It must have been really cool, considering Shears is the first female OVAC 5A individual champion.

The two golfers set up the playoff by shooting even-par 72s.

After sinking a 7-foot putt to force a second playoff hole, Shears coolly landed her second shot 15 feet behind the pin, needing only to two-putt from there for medalist honors, which she did with ease.

Wirth had landed his second shot just off the far side of the green, and needed two more shots to hole No. 18 on the Robert Trent Jones-designed course at Oglebay Park.

It ended what was a big day for South, which also took home team honors, beating Wheeling Park 305-312.

"We've had a pretty good 10 days," Parkersburg South coach Sherry Morris said. "After we won the TRAC (the Patriots also beat Wheeling Park), I told the kids we could do this. Keep doing what you're doing. We needed three rounds in the 70s and they hit their mark."

South's No. 1 seed, Alex Schreckengst had a 74 and Noah Smith finished with a 79. Garrett Dailey had an 80.

Park came close. Freshman Kyle Wensel had a 74, defending state champion Cole Hand had a 76, Freddie Fitzsimmons a 79 and Dylan Wojcik an 83.

Shears admitted she was surprised to win the top spot.

"I guess that is always a goal, but I really didn't think I'd be in position to do that," she said. "I thought somebody would shoot under-par and win it. I was just focused on just doing my best to help the team win."

She did better than that, shooting even-par golf, and realized she was on to a good round after the par-5 No. 14.

"I found out my score was (1-over) and I was like, 'Huh, that's a pretty good score," she said.

Wheeling Park's Hand, who won medalist on the Jones course a year ago, had a rather rough day at the office.

"I grinded it out," Hand said. "I'd been away from golf for 15 days. I went Elk hunting in Colorado and just got back Sunday. I came out and played some and I was pretty confident coming in. I got in some trouble on the front nine and finished with a 43."

He rebounded with a 33 on the backside, including birdies on three of his final four holes.

"To finish with a 76 is pretty respectable considering how poorly I played on the front side," Hand said.

While disappointed, Hand said his main goals were still in sight.

"It would have been nice to win the team title, it would have been our sixth straight, and it would have been nice to medal, it would have been my second," Hand said. "But the main goal is the state tournament and that's still ahead.

South had other plans Thursday.

"It was one of our goals," Morris said. "After we won the TRAC, I thought we could do well. Our goals were to win the TRAC, the OVAC and then the regionals. We'd like to come back here (for the state championship). We haven't had a team in it in years, so to be able to do that would be huge. This win for us was huge."

University's Wirth said his day wasn't spoiled because he finished runner-up.

"I'm not upset at all," Wirth said, after posing for a picture with Shears off the side of No. 18. "Adeena is a really good player, and it's my (18th) birthday. My day isn't ruined at all."

The obvious question for Shears was what it was like to beat the guys.

"I like the competition," Shears said. "I always feel like the guys are more respectful than when I play with girls. You wouldn't think it would be that way, but it is."

Pretty cool.the first female OVAC 5A individual champion.

The two golfers set up the playoff by shooting even-par 72s.

After sinking a 7-foot putt to force a second playoff hole, Shears coolly landed her second shot 15 feet behind the pin, needing only to two-putt from there for medalist honors, which she did with ease.

Wirth had landed his second shot just off the far side of the green, and needed two more shots to hole No. 18 on the Robert Trent Jones-designed course at Oglebay Park.

It ended what was a big day for South, which also took home team honors, beating Wheeling Park 305-312.

"We've had a pretty good 10 days," Parkersburg South coach Sherry Morris said. "After we won the TRAC (the Patriots also beat Wheeling Park), I told the kids we could do this. Keep doing what you're doing. We needed three rounds in the 70s and they hit their mark."

South's No. 1 seed, Alex Schreckengst had a 74 and Noah Smith finished with a 79. Garrett Dailey had an 80.

Park came close. Freshman Kyle Wensel had a 74, defending state champion Cole Hand had a 76, Freddie Fitzsimmons a 79 and Dylan Wojcik an 83.

Shears admitted she was surprised to win the top spot.

"I guess that is always a goal, but I really didn't think I'd be in position to do that," she said. "I thought somebody would shoot under-par and win it. I was just focused on just doing my best to help the team win."

She did better than that, shooting aven-par golf, and realized she was on to a good round after the par-5 No. 14.

"I found out my score was (1-over) and I was like, 'Huh, that's a pretty good score," she said.

Wheeling Park's Hand, who won the state title on the Jones course a year ago, had a rather rough day at the office.

"I grinded it out," Hand said. "I'd been away from golf for 15 days. I went Elk hunting in Colorado and just got back Sunday. I came out and played some and I was pretty confident coming in. I got in some trouble on the front nine and finished ith a 43."

He rebounded with a 33 on the backside, including birdies on three of his final four holes.

"To finish with a 76 is pretty respectable considering how poorly I played on the front side," Hand said.

While disappointed, Hand said his main goals were still in sight.

"It would have been nice to win the team title, it would have been our sixth straight, and it would have been nice to medal, it would have been my second," Hand said. "But the main goal is the state tournament and that's still ahead.

South had other plans Thursday.

"It was one of our goals," Morris said. "After we won the TRAC, I thought we could do well. Our goals were to win the TRAC, the OVAC and then the regionals. We'd like to come back here (for the state championship). We haven't had a team in it in years, so to be able to do that would be huge. This win for us was huge."

University's Wirth said his day wasn't spoiled because he finished runner-up.

"I'm not upset at all," Wirth said, after posing for a picture with Shears off the side of No. 18. "Adeena is a really good player, and it's my (18th) birthday. My day isn't ruined at all."

The obvious question for Shears was what it was like to beat the guys.

"I like the competition," Shears said. "I always feel like the guys are more respectful than when I play with girls. You wouldn't think it would be that way, but it is."

Pretty cool.

 
 

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