Barnesville’s Carter Wells Moves On to State
ZANESVILLE — And then there was one.
Such is the case for high school golf in Eastern Ohio as only one area player is left standing after two weeks of postseason play.
Barnesville junior Carter Wells became the first Shamrock in school history to reach the Division II State Golf Championship by virtue of an impressive round of 75 at EagleSticks Golf Course Monday afternoon.
Wells will have plenty of time to fine tune his game before he returns to the course. The state tournament is slated for the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University in Columbus. It will open on Friday, Oct. 16 and conclude the following day.
“This was a great day for golf, and I am just grateful to be able to play during the pandemic,” Wells said. “There was a lot of pressure (to see who would qualify for the state tournament), but I played well and gave myself a chance.”
Wells finished third overall, but was the second-best individual qualifier. He actually edged out St. Clairsville junior Will Foster for the state berth. Foster posted an impressive round of 76.
“I knew it would be close and I knew my score (75) or lower is what it would take to qualify,” Wells said. “As the scores came in, it was very nerve-wracking as every score came in.”
Wells and Foster weren’t on the course together because the Shamrocks had qualified as a team, while Foster was the lone Red Devil to advance.
It seems like each round has a defining moment and for Wells that came on the 17th green when he rolled in an impressive and lengthy putt to save a par.
“I told Carter, ‘that might be the putt that sends you to state,” Barnesville coach Jerry Robinson said. “It turned out to be true.”
That putt was the exclamation point in a final five holes where Wells played even.
“Carter was five over after 15, so he knew he had to par out to stay in contention,” Robinson said. “Carter has earned this opportunity because of the countless hours he’s invested in his game.”
After signing his card, Wells simply lurked around the clubhouse and played the waiting game, dealing with the nerves.
When all of the scores were posted, all he could do was smile.
“(To qualify for state) is like a dream come true,” Wells said. “All of the hours I’ve spent working on the range and putting green paid off. I can’t thank Coach Jerry, Coach Butch (Brunner) at Belmont Hills and my family enough for everything they’ve done for me.”
The Shamrocks were the top area team finisher, too. The Shamrocks posted a round fo 350, which was a shot behind Cambridge and 26 behind champion Garaway.
Harrison Central was seventh with a 366. The Huskies were led by senior Sam Santille, who posted an 81, which was good enough for 10th overall.
Martins Ferry senior Luke Krol finished an impressive prep career with a round of 80, which tied for eighth.