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Wheeling Central wins OVAC 1A/2A golf title

Photo/CODY TOMER SHADYSIDE’S Luke Bell watches his shot on the back nine of Oglebay’s Crispin Course, which played host to the OVAC Class 1A/2A tournament Tuesday. Wheeling Central claimed the team title for the eighth time in 10 seasons.

WHEELING — One year without an OVAC team trophy was long enough for the Wheeling Central golf team.

Coach Jim Mortakis and the Maroon Knights returned to glory on Tuesday at Oglebay’s Crispin Course as they won their sixth OVAC 1A/2A championship in the last seven years and their eighth title in the last 10 seasons.

Central rolled to a 42-stroke victory with a team card of 298, followed by last year’s defending champion Steubenville Catholic (340), Frontier (343), Conotton Valley (350) and Shadyside (351).

“Our kids work really hard and they practice hard all the time and I’m just proud of them,” Mortakis said. “We had four out of five golfers hit in the 70s and we’ll just keep plugging along.”

Leading the charge for the Knights was junior and defending individual champion Justin Doerr with a 71. For most of the day it looked like he would be the winner until Frontier’s Karter Satterfield finished with a remarkable score of 69 to earn medalist honors

“I would have liked Justin to be able to play with Satterfield so he would have known where he stood but I’m happy that we still had three out of the Top 5 golfers,” Mortakis said.

Doerr finished second, while Central’s Ryan Costanzo and Nate Woods were also named All-OVAC with cards of 74 and 75, respectively. Landon Prager (78) and Luke Tiu (82) were solid for Central, as well.

“That’s what is great about it, they all make each other push harder,” Mortakis said. “Ryan tries to push Justin everyday and Nate is a newcomer and he is a really long hitter. Luke is a freshman and Landon came through with a really good round and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Doerr drained three birdies on the day, which included the Par 3 No. 1 and two Par 5s (No. 4 and No. 12). He came close to garnering three more on 15, 16 and 17 but the first two birdie putts sat on the lip of the cup and did not fall and the third lipped out.

“I hit it pretty well but not a lot of putts fell for me,” Doerr said. “But that’s just golf. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I shot a 71 but I had 33 putts. If I make more putts I probably win but it is what it is.”

Doerr defeated Steubenville Catholic’s Cole Tegano a year ago in an overtime hole in the OVAC final and he received a good luck text from his old foe before teeing off.

“Cole has kept in touch and has always been really nice to me,” Doerr said. “I look for him to have a lot of success at Cal U (of Pa).”

As for the overall winner, Satterfield finished fifth last year with a score of 80, which he improved this year by 11 strokes.

“I missed a lot of putts this year and last year but last year I was ripping the driver on every hole and I played stupid,” Satterfield said. “This year, I took it easy and kept my focus.”

Satterfield turned in five birdies in the event on holes 1, 4, 14, 17 and 18.

“I worked all summer, spring and all of last year for this,” he said. “I fell short at sectionals and at OVACs so I just kept grinding and this means a lot.”

Monroe Central’s Zander Potts placed fifth for All-OVAC honors with a card of 77.

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