BELPRE - The Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association concluded play for the 2012 season Friday afternoon at Oxbow with Warren High School's Zach McKenna laying claiming to the overall 16-18 age group championship and the $1,000 college scholarship that goes with it.
Meanwhile, Ravenswood's Alex Easthom and Parkersburg's Carson Okraska, entering fifth grade at Greenmont Elementary, took home first-place 2012 honors in the 13-15 and 12-and-under divisions respectively.
Although McKenna, who will be a senior at Warren this fall, finished fifth in Friday's event, he still was able to hold off Warrior golf teammate Steve Farley, who tied for sixth Friday, to capture the 16-18 title by a 146-123 point margin.
Zach McKenna won the Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association 16-18 age group championship. McKenna won two tournaments this summer and tallied two runner-up finishes along the way.
Both played in all nine of the MOVJGA tournaments this summer. McKenna won twice, was runner-up three times and tied for second once, and also had third, fourth and fifth-place finishes. Farley received a $500 college scholarship for coming in second in the 16-18 division for the season, in which he had a pair of seconds, tied for second twice, and had two thirds and a fourth.
Austin Root was third in the final 16-18 season standings with 96 points, with four wins in the five MOVJGA tournaments he played in.
Friday's tournament winners at Oxbow were Sam Petty in 16-18 with a 75, with Sam Lang runner-up at 76; Garrett Bertram in 13-15 with a 78, with Coleman Lamp runner-up at 81; and Okraska in 12-and-under (9 holes) with a 43, with Logan Clegg runner-up at 46.
Mid-Ohio Valley Junior
Final tournament for 2012
16-18 Age Group
Steve Farley and Hayden Plummer83
Noah Smith, 93
13-15 Age Group
Alex Easthom, Mitchell Eddleblute and Brent Ginther87
Logan Plummer and Chase Coe97
Trevor Gorrell, Jordan Welch and Dalton Smith98
Zach McKenna, 146 points (wins $1,000 college scholarship)
Steve Farley, 123 (wins $500 college scholarship)
Mac McCormick and Mike Sams78
Alex Easthom121 points
Chase Coe and Mitchell Eddleblute14
Carson Okraska140 points
For McKenna, who has played four years on the Top Flite Junior Tour, it was his second summer in MOVJGA, in which he placed second last year. He hopes to play golf in college. But if that doesn't pan out, ''I'll just go for school,'' he said.
McKenna thinks playing the MOVJGA ''is a lot easier, just because I know everyone who plays, while in Top Flite, I only know two or three people who play in it.''
McKenna, who began playing golf at age 6 ''out in the yard with my dad,'' said he's ''probably at his best driving the ball - I'm normally down the middle, and straight and long. My short game, though, needs to get a little better. My irons are decent; they're on and off, but when they're on, they're on.''