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Barnesville, Harrison on way to D-II district golf

Beaver Local completes hat trick with team victory

Barnesville’s Carter Wells hits an approach shot from the 18th fairway during Monday’s Division II sectional tournament held at Cadiz Country Club. The Shamrocks finished second in the event and qualified to the district as a team.

CADIZ — It’s the point of the golf season where coaches and players wait – with baited breath – on every card that comes into the clubhouse.

Such was the case Monday afternoon at sunny and windy Cadiz Country Club where area Division II teams took part in the sectional tournament with the top four teams and four individuals not on a team earning a trip to the district tourney at EagleSticks in Zanesville next Monday.

Beaver Local — already champions of the Buckeye 8 and OVAC — made it a hat trick by shooting a solid 327, which was 13 shots better than Barnesville, which finished second.

Joining the Beavers and Shamrocks on the road to Muskingum County as a team are Cambridge (342) and Harrison Central (343).

Just missing the cut line for teams was St. Clairsville, which finished two shots behind Harrison.

The area individual qualifiers for next week include Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol (78), East Liverpool’s Nathan Kelly (79) and St. Clairsville’s Will Foster (79).

All five of the Beavers’ counted scored were 84 and better. Leading the way as he’s done all season was junior Luke Eyster, who fired a 39 on both the front and back sides of the course for a 78.

Junior Logan Ours (82), Sky Pappas (83) and Cameron Landen (84) comprised the other scores.

“This is a good, bunch of kids who have had these goals all season long and they just keep performing,” Beaver Local head coach Allen Pierson said. “Our next goal is to get out of Zanesville and go to Columbus. We’re taking it one step at a time.”

The Beavers were among the first wave of teams that went off early in the morning. As the round moved along, the breeze picked up and the players had to adjust.

“I think we all played pretty well, but we did have a few problems with the wind,” Pierson said. “The greens were in good shape and the putting was tough.”

The Shamrocks were on the outside looking in as many of the team scores were compiled, but when junior Colton Hines – who is out for the team for the first time – had his 81 entered, it was enough to catapult them to runnerup.

“I knew what to expect from the other guys, but it was Colton who carried us today because that shot pushed us over the top,” Barnesville head coach Jerry Robinson said. “I had a feeling coming in of about what score we’d need to shoot and we’ve lost a lot of close matches, but I told the kids that those things usually balance out, so I thought we were due to win a close one.”

While it was Hines’ score that did the trick, junior Carter Wells was once again the tone setter for the Shamrocks. He posted a round of 7-over, 79.

Other scores that were counted were junior Dryden Bauman (89) and Jude Hannahs (91).

Harrison Central, which was also among the early wave of teams, was one of the schools that waited until the final card was entered before knowing it had advanced.

Coach Todd Dunlap, who served as the tournament director and was posting the scores, wasn’t about to celebrate too early.

“We played really well and I thought if we’d shoot under 350, we’d have a shot, and it turns out we needed to be a little bit better than that,” Dunlap said. “You always get nervous when it comes down to the scores at the end. I thought we were in good shape and then more scores came in and I started to worry, but we did enough to get out.”

Fueling the Huskies was senior Sam Santille, who posted a round of 79. He was complemented by junior Aiden Sliva’s 84, senior Trevor Thompson’s 86 and freshman Heath Clay’s 94.

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