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Local teams compete in Division II Sectional in Cadiz

CADIZ — The conditions at Cadiz Country Club, on Monday, were quite challenging. It was playing upwards of 6,500 yards, tough pin placements and the winds were howling from seemingly every direction.

None of that fazed St. Clairsville.

The Red Devils fired a round of 321 to claimed the Division II sectional title and earn their spot in next week’s district tournament at Eagle Sticks Golf Course near Zanesville.

“We’re very excited with how we played (Monday),” St. C. Head coach Ryan Clifford said. “All five guys shot well. When your fifth score is an 86 and it plays at the top for a lot of the other teams … that’s a good day.”

The title allows the Red Devils to check another item off their goal sheet. They’ve already won the Buckeye 8 and OVAC Class 4A title. Now, they set their sights on going after a state tournament berth.

“There’s one more big box to check,” Clifford said. “We’re going to play Eagle Sticks at least once and we have a good idea who the teams are that going to be there, and we’re excited.”

While St. Clairsville shot well as a team, the Red Devils, who went off in the early groups, set the tone when senior Will Foster turned in his card in with a round of even-par, 72.

His card included a trio of birdies on the front side and a 35. He shot 1-over, 37 on the inward nine.

“I’ve been Will’s coach for three years and I know that’s the most impressive round we’ve had since I’ve been the coach,” Clifford said.

“He was great off the tee and never in major trouble to where he had to scramble for par.”

Foster, who won the OVAC 4A individual title earlier this month at Oglebay, was one of just three players in the field of 70 to break 80.

“I didn’t think an even-par round was out there when I started the round, but I made a ton of putts that, honestly, I probably shouldn’t have made,” Foster said. “Whenever I play well, usually my putting is on. For the most part, I was able to avoid trouble. I am proud of myself for a 72. The wind really made it tough, so that score feels much lower than it was.”

The Red Devils put all five of their players inside the top 20 overall. Senior Saul Crist (82), freshmen Andrew Abel (83) and freshman Brodi Foster (84) rounded out the 321. Frosh Evan Fix posted an 86.

For the fifth straight season and third in Division II, Barnesville is headed for the district.

“It was survive and advance because we didn’t have our best stuff (Monday), but it was still good enough to move on,” Shamrocks head coach Jerry Robinson said. “It was tough conditions because the wind was brutal and got worse as the day went on. The kids really grinned one out, and I am proud of them for that.”

The Shamrocks posted a 349, which was good enough for third overall.

Fueling the Shamrocks was senior standout Carter Wells, who finished second overall with a 77.

Other Shamrock scorers were Dryden Bauman (82), Jude Hannahs (88) and Colton Hines (102).

Along with four teams, four individuals not on qualifying teams, also punched their tickets.

Among that quartet was Union Local junior Beezer Porter. He checked in with a round of 82 to extend his season.

Harrison Central placed sixth with a 359, Indian Creek in 10 with a 374, Buckeye Local 11 with a 375 and Edison 14 with a 463.

Team scores:

1. St. Clairsville 321

2. Zanesville Maysville 339

3. Barnesville 349

4. Byesville Meadowbrook 354

5. Lisbon Beaver Local 355

6. Cadiz Harrison Central 359

7. East Liverpool 363

8. Cambridge 364

9. Belmont Union Local 374

10. Wintersville Indian Creek 374

11. Rayland Buckeye Local 375

12. Uhrichsville Claymont 389

13. Martins Ferry 443

14. Richmond Edison 463

Individual scores:

Harrison Central

Aiden Sliva 85

Heath Clay 88

Nash Roberts 89

Wyatt Hervey 97

Wyatt Foreman 98

Indian Creek

Luke Merriman 85

Noah Tweedy 86

Logan Kuczykowski 101

Connor Garbade 102

Brayden Medley 136

Buckeye Local

Jacob Berry 89

Josh Kerkura 93

Aiden Polanski 94

Gavyn Romanyak 99

Cameron Best 104

Edison

Tristin Arnold 111

Tommy Phillips 113

Ryan Dinger 116

Levi McCourt 123

Aiden Ferguson 127

Individual qualifiers to the Eagle Sticks District:

1. Nate Kelly (East Liverpool) 78

2. Braden Porter (Union Local) 82

2. Adam Smith (Cambridge) 82

4. Koi Preston (Claymont) 83

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