ST. MARYS - The adjustment period between middle school and high school golf took all of two days for Cam Moore.
The freshman from Roane County shot a 1-under par 63 Wednesday afternoon at the St. Marys Invitational and captured medalist honors as the Raiders competed in their second meet of the season.
"This isn't much different than last year," Moore said. "There's not really any more pressure."
Photo by Kerry Patrick
Cam Moore just misses a birdie putt on the ninth hole during Wednesday’s St. Marys Invitational at St. Marys Golf Course.
With the return of Alston Spears, Hunter Simmons and Forrest Greenlee from last year's sixth-place finish at the state tournament plus the addition of twin brothers Cam and Cole Moore to the lineup, the Raiders are loaded with talent for the upcoming campaign.
That same group of five golfers set a new standard for the Class AA division at Wednesday's meet after turning in a team score of 12-over 268.
Joining Cam Moore on the all-tournament squad were teammates Spears (66) and Cole Moore (69).
St. Marys Invitational
At St. Marys Golf Club (par 64)
Class A team scores: 1. Williamstown 284; 2. St. Marys Purple 300; 3. Madonna Blue 307; 4. Parkersburg Catholic 341; 5. Wheeling Central 346; 6. Wirt County 348; 7. Madonna White 356; 8. Tyler Consolidated 374; 9. South Harrison 376; 10. St. Marys Gold 388
Class AA team scores: 1. Roane County 'A' 268; 2. Ritchie County 302; 3. Roane County Gray 389
Medalist: Cam Moore, Roane County, 32-31-63
All-tournament: Syndey Snodgrass, Ritchie County, 31-35-66; Alston Spears, Roane County, 31-35-66; Kody Rhyne, Williamstown, 32-35-67; Coleman Lamp, St. Marys, 34-34-68; Mac McCormick, Williamstown, 36-33-69; Corey Wells, Tyler Consolidated, 35-34-69; Riley Allen, Ritchie County, 34-35-69; Cole Moore, Roane County, 36-33-69
Williamstown: Mac McCormick 36-33-69; Kody Rhyne 32-35-67; Chris Hicks 36-36-72; Chandler Weber 38-39-77; Ty Adkins 38-38-76
St. Marys Purple: Coleman Lamp 34-3468; Robbie Harper 41-34-75; Josh Richard 42-40-82; Drew Wells 39-36-75; Aaron Tice 49-44-93
Madonna Blue: Mike Rogers 36-40-76; Alex Colantonio 40-38-78; Thomas Gianni 38-40-78; Nick Mazur 41-34-75; Matt Lyons 41-44-85
Parkersburg Catholic: Andrew Nill 40-43-83; Ryan McCarty 38-40-78; Abby Roberts 43-46-89; Carson Weyer 41-40-81; Ben Collie 40-36-76
Wheeling Central: Justin Leonard 39-37-76; Freddie Fitzsimmons 39-40-79; Sean McFarland 39-41-80; John McFarland WD; Gage Siebieda 54-57-111
Wirt County: Darrin Roberts 35-35-70; Caleb Ferguson 36-42-78; Seth Enoch 46-43-89; Rachael Williams 52-63-115; D.J. Thorn 53-58-111
Madonna White: Sam Licata 47-41-88; Ryan Watt 42-48-90; Anthony Basil 47-41-88; Cole Roberts 46-44-90; Dom Silvrestri 47-47-94
Tyler Consolidated: Corey Wells 35-34-69; Nate Kemp 41-47-88; Luke Carpenter 59-59-118; John Lancaster 53-55-108; Mitchell Higgins 55-54-109
South Harrison: Luke Gains 48-45-93; Logan Kirby 45-44-89; Tanner Simmons 48-49-97; Andrew Lopez 48-49-97
St. Marys Gold: Jared Nichols 47-45-92; Adrian Speed 52-52-104; Tony Drazba 48-47-95; Austin Handschumacher 53-57-110; Luke Burkhammer 49-48-97
Roane County 'A': Alston Spears 31-35-66; Cam Moore 32-31-63; Hunter Simmons 37-42-79; Cole Moore 36-33-69; Forrest Greenlee 33-37-70
Ritchie County: Sydney Snodgrass 31-35-66; Riley Allen 34-35-69; Ben Knight 38-39-77; Audrey Mossor 48-44-92; Jon Harkness 43-47-90
Roane County Gray: Ryan Kendall 39-50-89; Nathan Kendall 43-45-88; Sierra Holbcomb 52-57-109; Ben Daniels 51-52-103
"This win feels good knowing these kids have worked so hard the past three or four years," Roane County coach James Kendall said. "I'm glad it's paying off for them.
"It's now a matter of what's coming next. How low can they go?"
While Roane County claimed the big-school division title, Williamstown took care of business among the 10 teams competing in the small-school category. Behind all-tourney members Kody Rhyne (67) and Mac McCormick (69), the Yellowjackets turned in a four-man total of 284.
St. Marys' Purple squad, led by Coleman Lamp's 68, placed runner-up at 300, while Madonna's Blue entry followed in third place at 307.
"Kody played well, while Mac got off to a rocky start but kept it together and came back strong," said Williamstown coach Russ Schramm, who graduated three members from last year's state qualifying squad. "If we keep improving, I think we will do all right. I was anxious to see how we compared with Wheeling Central and Madonna. Next week, we will have Charleston Catholic in one of our matches and see how we compare with them.
"For now, we are holding our own and I'm happy with how we've started."
Rounding out the all-tournament team were Ritchie County's Sydney Snodgrass (66) and Riley Allen (69), and Tyler Consolidated's Corey Wells (69).
The afternoon, however, belonged to Cam Moore. He opened his round with a bogey on No. 2 then answered right back with a birdie on the next hole and finished the first nine at even-par 32.
On his second nine at the nine-hole layout, Moore played his final eight holes at 2-under. His third birdie of the round occurred on the 394-yard 14th hole when his approach shot landed to within 10 feet of the pin, which he converted for a '3.'
On the 166-yard, 15th hole, Moore used a pitching wedge off the tee box and left the ball sitting within 12 feet. The putter was working for him throughout the day and he sank the birdie attempt.
"The drive looked pretty good, but it drew a little bit farther left of the flag," Moore said.
Moore was thinking what might could have been after lipping out a pair of putts on Nos. 17 and 18.
"I could have been a couple more under par, but it was a good round," Moore added.
The race for second place came down to the final group of the event when Snodgrass sank an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole. Playing in the same group, Spears was well aware of how the two golfers stacked up.
"With about six holes remaining, we realized how close we were in score," Spears said.
Snodgrass nearly made a hole-in-one on No. 15 when he tee shot rolled to within 5 feet of the cup.
"It just hit short of the flag," Snodgrass said.