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Linsly’s Gill Earns OVAC Runner-Up

Photo by Seth Staskey Linsly’s Adam Gill finished second at the OVAC 5A Golf Championship at Crispin on Thursday.

WHEELING — Fort Frye and Barnesville came into Thursday’s OVAC Class 3A Championship as the clear favorites at Crispin.

In the end, the evenly matched teams both posted a 316 after four scores were compiled, forcing a fifth-score playoff, which allowed the Cadets to claim their first conference title in school history in golf.

“One way or another, we thought we’d be within five strokes of each other,” Fort Frye coach Doug Pfeffer said. “These kids were determined to bring the first (OVAC golf championship) back to Beverly.”

Leading the way for Frye was Dawson Layton (77), followed by Kelson McCurdy (79), Braiden Allen (79) and Brandon Dye (81).

Ella Keffer played in the fourth spot for the Fort, but her score was the fifth-best on the team. Though it didn’t figure into the 316, it was six shots better than Barnesville’s fifth score.

“We’re really disappointed,” Barnesville coach Jerry Robinson said. “We knew it was going to come down to a tight score and we got beat on a tiebreaker. But, I couldn’t be more proud of these kids who have given me all they had. I’d go to battle with these kids on any day.”

Barnesville’s Carter Wells finished with a 73 to earn medalist honors.

“At the turn, I had a number in my mind that I thought I would have to shoot to give myself a chance, but I had to keep applying pressure and keep on playing with the pressure,” Wells said.

Barnesville’s Dryden Bauman posted a 79 for All-OVAC honors.

The runner-up medalist was Linsly freshman Adam Gill. Gill had led much of the round before Wells closed with a birdie and a par on 17 and 18, respectively. Gill posted a solid 75.

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