Adam Jeffries golf game developed more and more with each passing season at St. Clairsville High School.
He finished his career as an all-Ohioan and helped the Red Devils to back-to-back state tournament appearances. He opted to sign with Alderson-Broaddus to continue his career, but the Battlers' program was just starting.
"The transition from high school to college golf was challenging," Jeffries said. "I went from playing with my best friends and winning tournaments in high school to playing with new faces and being the youngest team in the conference. The courses in college are much longer with strong competition."
In less than a full year on campus in Phillipi, W.Va., Jeffries has certainly made his presence felt. He's actually done more than that. He's etched his name into A-B golf history.
This past week, Jeffries became the first Battler golfer to earn all-conference accolades when he placed second overall in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championships held at Glenview Golf Course near Cincinnati.
"It's an unbelievable feeling being the first A-B golfer to earn all-conference," Jeffries said. "My goal, when I decided to come to a small college, was to make a name for myself. It feels amazing walking around campus getting compliments from people I have never talked to. Plus, the support from my family and friends at home has made this year unforgettable."
Jeffries posted a three-round score of 229, which was just a shot behind the medalist. Jeffries got off to a solid start with a 77 and then posted his low round of the tourney with a 75 and closed with a 77.
"It was tough playing 36 holes on Tuesday then 18 on Wednesday," Jeffries said. "I struck the ball well all three rounds, but my putting wasn't at its best. I think my course management helped me accomplish what I did."
Jeffries is also getting it done in the classroom. He was recently accepted into the A-B Athletic Training Program.
MORE COLLEGE GOLF
West Liberty's men finished fourth in the Fairmont State Falcon Classic this past week. The Hilltoppers shot a 654, which trailed Bluefield State, Notre Dame College and UVA-Wise.
The Hilltoppers were led by Matt Iceton, who shot a 160. Ryan Thomson (162), Tanner Stoffer (168), Jordan Pimentel (169) and Kevin Krysty (169) rounded out the scoring for Coach Mike Ricci's squad.
The Stoney Hollow Tire Best Ball event was held on Wednesday at Wheeling Park.
The duo of Art Lightner and Ron Helms posted a 31 to win the title over the team of Bommer and Mercer, who combined their skills for a 33.
Ennis and Green finished third overall with a round of 35. Four teams posted a 37 to round out the top five.
DeSantis and Morrison posted a round of 30 to capture the handicap portion of the tournament. Kosar and Evans finished second with a 32. Carney and Colley also finished with a 32. BHCC DEMO DAYS
On top of its tournaments, events and challenging course, Belmont Hills is also hosting Demo Days, which are open to the public.
Ping will hold a demo day on Saturday, May 3.
UPCOMING SCRAMBLES ? The third annual Saints Club/Butch Soukup Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at Belmont Hills on Sunday, May 4. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. Tournament director Randy Mellott is expecting a full field of 38 teams to take part in the event, which will have all of its proceeds benefit the St. Clairsville High School Golf Program. After the round of golf, the players will go to the St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 for an Outback catered dinner. Prior to the round, Starbucks will provide coffee and pastries. There will be several special contests during the round. Baumer Financial Group is sponsoring a $10,000 hole-in-one prize on Hole #2 and Sabo Insurance is sponsoring a $5,000 putting contest.The tournament will also honor the St. C. senior golfers from the 2013 season as honorary captains. Teams and players are reminded to wear proper golf attire during the tournament.
The top two teams will receive prizes.For more information, contact Mellott at 695-2406.
The tournament, which is open to the first 22 paid teams, costs $60 a man or $240 per team. There is an optional skins game for $5 per man or $20 per team.
The cost of the tournament includes steak dinner, awards, door prizes, beverages on the course, cart and golf.
The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration is slated for 11:30 a.m. and a hot dog lunch will be served at that time.
All proceeds from the event will go toward two $500 scholarships to benefit Union Local and Harrison Central High School students.
For more information, or to register, please contact William McGowan at 740-942-4073.
The scramble costs $200 per team and includes green fees, cart, refreshments on the course and dinner after the round. The tournament, which will award prizes to the top three placing teams, is limited to 36 teams.
The prizes will for winning is $400, the second place team will receive $200 and the third place team receives $100.
For more information or to register a team, please contact Phil Pata at 695-0691.
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