For the first time in 6 1/2 months, high school postseason events were held in West Virginia.
Golf regionals were played throughout the state on Monday, and berths to next week’s state tournament were earned. It was the first postseason play since the girls basketball state tournament was postponed on March 12.
Two Region 3 golf tournaments were held in the area.
In Class AA, Shady Spring senior Todd Duncan was low medalist for the second straight year, and this time the Tigers joined him as champion. Shady shot an overall team score of 239, paced by Duncan’s 1-over 73, to claim the region championship.
He will be joined by Tanner Vest (83), Jordy Townley (88) and Hayden Wood (99) at the state tournament Oct. 6-7 on the Speidel Course at Wheeling’s Oglebay Park. Duncan will be looking to defend his state championship.
Duncan shot a 65 last season under vastly different conditions. Last year the course at Grandview had been baked by unseasonably hot and dry weather. This year’s round was played on a rainy day.
Herbert Hoover (245) was the runner- up and also will compete at the state tournament.
Westside’s Kerri-Anne Cook (78) and Wyoming East’s Logan Miller (80) qualified as individuals. Cook finished runner- up at the West Virginia girls invitational on Sept. 1.
In Class A, Midland Trail’s Indy Eades tied for low medalist honors with an 82 at Pipestem Resort to qualify for the state tournament. He was the only area Class A golfer to qualify. The other individual berth went to Charleston Catholic’s Evan Sayre, who also shot 82.
"It was a long day and a long grind in rain, and I am extremely happy for Indy, who grinded it out to make the state tournament," said Midland Trail coach Jeff Eades. "The course was tough... just look at the scores.
"He is excited and ready to go play next week."
Pocahontas County won the team championship with a score of 268. Junior David Gibb led the Warriors with an 84. He is joined by Hadden Mick (87), Ben Dunz (97) and Michael Kane (102).
Webster County finished with a team score of 285 to finish runner-up for the second straight year.
Besides Eades' round of 82, Midland Trail scorers were Peyton Sheaves (104), Griffen Nickell (105) and Bo Persinger (106). The Patriots tallied 291 and placed fourth.
Also locally, Greater Beckley Christian was led by Ezra Drumheller (102) and Braylon Arvon (110).
The Class AAA Region 3 berths were to be decided Wednesday at Lewisburg Elks. Local teams in the field were Woodrow Wilson, Oak Hill and defending region champ Greenbrier East.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be played Monday at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. However, because Kanawha County is still orange on the Covid-19 map, officials ruled that the tournament could not be played there.
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(Steve Keenan contributed to this story.)