Harrison Central finishes second in OVAC 4A golf

• Cambridge uses balance for team title

WHEELING — Guernsey County made its presence felt Tuesday at the OVAC Class 4A Golf Championship.

Cambridge took home the team crown, while Meadowbrook’s Trey Singleton repeated as medalist under mostly overcast skies at Oglebay Park’s challenging Robert Trent Jones layout.

The Bobcats, the only team to have all six of its entrants score in double digits, finished with 347, five strokes better than Harrison Central.

Steubenville was third with a score of 379, followed by the Colts (381), St. Clairsville (392), Edison (399), Buckeye Local (401), Martins Ferry (408), East Liverpool (411) and Oak Glen (502).

”This is the first one for me, so it means a lot,”Cambridge head coach Kevin Smith said of the title, the first for the school since a three-peat from 1992-94.

”Anytime you win an OVAC championship, it means a lot. It really does.”

It was truly a team effort from the Bobcats, with three golfers bunched up in the 80s — Ian Smith, A.J. Wilkin and Andrew Ray.

Smith and Wilkin, who paced the team with scores of 82 and 83, respectively, earned all-OVAC honors, while Ray carded an 88. Christopher Dilts rounded out the scoring with a 94.

”This is a very, very tough golf course and a very good course to (play this tournament on),” Smith continued. ”It’s tough, but always in great condition.”

Smith beamed when talking about his team’s parity, which he knew would come in handy.

”Everyone played very well,” he said. ”There were bad things, but they overcame them. I’m proud of them. They didn’t let things snowball.

”I couldn’t ask for more out of them.”

Meadowbrook head coach Mel Pesuit said the same about Singleton.

The senior showed why he was the likely favorite, firing a 1-over 72 — his best OVAC championship performance.

He was below par before bogeying the final two holes.

”That hurt me, but I’m happy,” said Singleton, who’d recorded a 77, 82 and 83 in his previous three OVAC tournaments.

”I’ve been working on my chipping and putting a lot,” Singleton said. ”That saved me a lot of strokes.”

Singleton recorded a 37 on the front 9, including a bogey on his first hole. His back 9, which totaled 35, went better, until the final two holes.

”I hit my tee shots better,” he said. ”That was a key.”

Harrison Central’s Clint Heavilin shot 83, earning all-OVAC honors and leading the Huskies. He finished with a 39 on the back 9, one of only three competitors to shoot under 40 on the back 9 (Singleton, 35; East Liverpool’s Alex Tambellini, 39)

”He played very well,” Huskies head coach Todd Dunlap said. ”One hole tripped him up and made his score higher than it should’ve been. But, 83 is a good score.

”He made the all-OVAC team, and that’s the first time he’s done that, so that’s good for him because he’s put a lot of time in.”

Nick Coffland added an 87 for Harrison Central, while Cruz Capers and Sam Santille both had 91s.

”This is probably one of the better rounds we’ve played down here the past few years,” Dunlap said. ”We had a chance. We were right there.”

Tambellini finished with an 80 and also qualified for the all-OVAC squad.