Girls’ Golf Is Growing In Ohio Valley

Warren edges John Marshall by six strokes

Photo by Cody Tomer John Marshall’s Clarissa Edgar putts on the sixth hole of Tuesday’s match at Wheeling Park.

WHEELING–Girls’ golf looks to be on the rise in the Ohio Valley.

The proof could be found on Tuesday as 28 girls gathered on the links at Wheeling Park for a competitive round of nine holes.

Warren Local emerged victorious on the day after shooting a 206, just six shots ahead of host John Marshall at 212. River was third with a card of 230.

Regardless of the outcome, John Marshall girls’ assistant coach Bridget Carnahan was thrilled to see such an abundance of competitors.

“This is the biggest girls match that I have been involved with locally,” Carnahan said. “Usually there is a couple girls from this team and a couple of girls from that team. We still see that but now we are seeing full teams, too.”

Warren’s Hannah Jankauskas led all participants with an impressive card of 46 to earn match medalist honors.

“One thing I will give her credit for is that she drives the ball very well,” Warren coach Andy Biddinger said. “She can hit the ball out in the fairway. Right now we are trying to get her zoned in with some wedge play but on a course like this, if she hits her driver well, she won’t hit much more than a wedge.

“She has worked as hard as any boy or girl in our program for the last four years to try to get good. She wants to be good. I think she is just going to get better and better.”

River’s Tabitha Staub and St. Clairsville’s Brooke Chamberlain tied for second place with scores of 48.

“Tabitha played pretty well, aside from shooting an eight on the eighth hole,” River coach Justin Fetty said.

“I had a feeling she would be in the running for medalist and if she could have gotten that eight down to a six, she would have been tied for medalist but she played a good round.”

Morgantown’s Courtney Kline, the daughter of Wheeling Central 1987 graduate and All-OVAC softball second baseman Amy Bisceglia (Kline), turned in a fourth place finish with a mark of 50.

John Marshall’s Clarissa Edgar and Warren’s Chloe Rader each tallied scores of 51 to round out the top five.

Also supplying strong showings for the Monarchs were Lakyn Parker (52) and Lauren Tekely (53).

“Overall, I am very pleased with their performance,” Carnahan said. “They are a very positive bunch. They are young, energetic and their attitudes are beyond measure.

“I think from the time they started in May to now, they have seen a lot of growth in themselves and they are working outside of practice and matches and that is showing.”

Toronto was led by Abby Cronin’s round of 60, while Shadyside was paced by Jema Bowers’ card of 73.

Weir 189, Edison 191

WEIRTON — Edison’s Andrew Pugh shot a 40 good enough for medalist honors, but the Wildcats fell to Weir in a duel match. George Ash followed Pugh with a 46 while Gage Christiansen turned in a 49.

Sadie Allen rounded out the Edison scoring with a 56.

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