Wheeling Park’s Noah Seivertson Shines In Season Opener at Jones Course Tournament
Park junior shoots 1-under 70, earns co-medalist honors
WHEELING — Wheeling Park’s Noah Seivertson fully invested his summer to improving his golf game.
It showed on Thursday as the junior played the best round of his life in the season opener at the Jones Course Tournament.
He fired a 1-under par 70, which earned him co-medalist honors with George Washington’s Joseph Kalaskey.
GW won the match with a team score of 225 and Park secured runner-up honors with a 244, led by Seivertson.
“That was my best round ever in general,” Seivertson said. “That’s the first time I’ve broken par. I was just putting lights out. I was hitting my wedges really well, except for a little hiccup on 13, I played the whole round perfectly.”
Seivertson’s all-time best round was sparked by birdies on holes 7 and 11 — both Par-3’s — along with birdies on the Par-5 14 and the Par-4 16 as he kept his momentum going.
During the summer, Seivertson won both the Bordas and Bordas and Kalkreuth Amateur Junior Flights, claimed several Callaway Junior Tour events, took part in the West Virginia Junior Amateur and was named the Callaway Junior Player of the Year.
“I played a ton of golf this summer,” Seivertson said. “Just knowing that I have what it takes to be good in this sport builds a lot of confidence going into these tournaments.”
The Park linksman also enjoyed the challenge of playing alongside Kalaskey in the same group.
“It was a ton of fun playing with Joseph (Thursday),” Seivertson said. “It was back-and-forth the whole round. He’d make a birdie and then I’d make a birdie. I really enjoyed it.”
Freshman standout Gavin Goodrich accounted for an 86 in his first high school event, while teammates James Salvatori and Trent Harris added cards of 88 for Wheeling Park.
Aiding in George Washington’s victory were Anderson Goldman, who recorded a 73, and teammates Colton Gillispie (82) and Mario Palumbo (83).
“I just like this golf course,” Kalaskey said. “I hit the driver well. I hit the irons well and we all played well. Hopefully we can keep it up.”
Missing a share of medalist honors by one stroke was Brooke’s Ryan Bilby, who finished third with an even-par 71. Despite falling just short, he admits that the solid round helped his confidence heading into the campaign.
“It was a confidence booster,” Bilby said. “I feel a lot better.
“I was playing really well. Then, on the next to last hole I hit it in the water and made double (par). The wind got me on that hole but other than that I was playing really well.”
Filling out the Top 5 were Fairmont Senior’s Clark Craig (78), Huntington’s Connor Campbell (79) and Cabell Midland’s Cameron Jarvis (79).
Locally, J.C. Maxwell paced Wheeling Central with an 81, Trey Blain led Magnolia with an 84, Ryan Dembiczak shot an 87 to pace Linsly and Cody Sprowls fired an 89 to lead John Marshall.