Vannoy wins BHCC Junior Tourney title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A familiar face walked away with the overall title at Belmont County’s newest golf tournament on Monday.

Seth Vannoy fired an 18-hole round of 73 to claim the inaugural Belmont Hills Country Club Junior Tournament on a windy, overcast and, sometimes wet, afternoon.

The St. Clairsville High School alum captured the Boys’ 17-18 Division, as well.

”I had a couple of three-putts out there … just short putts that I missed,” Vannoy said. ”(My score) could’ve been a lot lower. But, I’ll take it.”

Steven Gretchen, a Bishop Donahue standout and one of the members of Vannoy’s threesome Monday, was second overall and in the age group with 76. Harrison Central’s Austin Kowalski was third with 83.

Martins Ferry’s Joel Shane topped the Boys’ 15-16 leaderboard with 81. Kasey Patterson was second with 87, followed by Hunter Sloan’s 90.

Paul Mastros’ 83 won the Boys’ 13-14 Division. Garret Bopp (88) was second and Clint Heavilin bested Jacob Jeffries in a playoff after both finished regulation with 99s.

Paige Hayes (111) and Maci McEndree (125) were 1-2 in the Girls’ 16-18 Division.

Kailey Pettit won the Girls’ 13-15 Division with 92. Britnee Edgar was second with 105, while Ciara Bauman was third with 113.

Vannoy has played BHCC more times than he can count during the years. That aided his performance to be sure. But he’s enjoyed a successful summer, mostly on the Callaway Junior Tour.

Vannoy won his age group once, tied for first and lost in a playoff in another, and took third another time out.

The former Red Devil begins his collegiate career at Alderson-Broaddus in a few weeks, and he’s eager to begin Great Midwest Athletic Conference play.

”We have about four or five events in the fall,” he said.

All told, 43 youngsters teed it up for the event. Not bad for a first-time tournament, figured Nick Bauman, tournament director.

”We’re going to keep this going,” he said. ”Absolutely.”

Also the girls’ golf coach at Barnesville High School, Bauman originated the tournament last fall. Monday, he was assisted by Ron Baker, BHCC’s PGA pro.

”They have really good (junior) tournaments in Cadiz and in Moundsville,” he said. ”We thought we needed one here at Belmont Hills.”

Once the idea was devised, the work began to make the event a reality.

”We actually met with the parents group from the Barnesville golf team and we got a list together to get sponsors to help us do this,” Bauman explained. ”All members of our golf team went out and met with different sponsors and we got a lot for this tournament. We had a great turnout.”

Bauman said the timing of the event was also key.

”This seemed like the perfect date,” he noted. ”August 1 (Friday) starts the golf season so this gives all the coaches a chance to see what talent is out there and it gives the kids a chance to see who they have to play against.

”This worked out well.”

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