RAVENSWOOD - Ben Ramsey of Graham High School (Va.) fired a 1-under-par round of 71 at a swampy Greenhills Country Club here on a long Tuesday to earn the United Bank Low Round of the Day and capture his first Callaway Junior Tour victory of the season in the 17-18 age group.
Although 109 golfers started the day on the course, a rain delay of three hours led to just 64 completed rounds as nearly four-dozen golfers opted to return home and not wait out Mother Nature.
Vienna's Whitney Milhoan captured the girls United Bank Low Round of the Day, doing so in the 10-14 age division, thanks to her winning round of 86 versus two other opponents. It was the first victory of the season for Milhoan.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Roane County’s Hunter Simmons passes the time while he waits for the green to clear on the par-3 eighth hole Tuesday at Greenhills Country Club by bouncing his ball off his iron during the Callaway Junior Tour event.
No area male golfer from the Mid-Ohio Valley had a winning effort as conditions following the long rain delay led to plenty of standing water at various spots on the course.
The closest any local golfer came to winning was in the 15-16 division where Roane County's Cam Moore tied Drew Call of Charleston with identical rounds of 74. However, once in the playoff on the par-3 No. 10 hole, Moore's tee shot was errant and Call won the title with a par. Brayden Baldridge of Howard, Ohio won the 13-14 age group by four shots against runner-up Rainel Lansang of Charleston who shot a 78.
A pair of locals battled it out for the last trophy spot in the 13-14 division as Rockport's Isaac Prine and New Martinsville's Peyton Moore went head-to-head after carding respective 83s. Although only one birdie was notched on the par-3 18th all day, Prine had a chance with about a 5-footer that was above the hole for a birdie, but couldn't convert. After both players tied with the same score twice on the 18th, Moore had to settle for fourth place after losing in a chip-off. Maxwell Hapney of Little Hocking, Ohio finished behind Moore after carding an 84. Roane County's Caleb Moore (88) and Dalton Simmons (89) finished ninth and 10th respectively in the 13-14 age group.
Jacob Anderson of Daniels was the victor in the 12-and-under age group. His round of 88 was four strokes better than Clarksburg's Ayden Wyckoff, who knocked off Fairmont's Clark Craig in a playoff for runner-up honors. Vienna's Carson Okraska, who won Monday's event at the Marietta Country Club, was fourth with a 94. He had the best back-nine round in his division, a 42, but struggled on the front nine with a 52.
Alex Hamrick of Red House finished one stroke behind Call and Moore and took third. Belpre's Sam Petty, one of many golfers who opted to wait out the weather delay at the course, was fourth in the 15-16 division after carding a 76. Roane County's Cole Moore (6th, 79), Mineral Wells' Alex Schreckengost (8th, 82) and Rockport's Lucas Prine (9th, 83) were the other locals to have top-10 efforts in the 15-16 group. Belpre's Alex Perry (85) and Vienna's Austin Davis (87) finished 11th and tied for 12th respectively.
The top area finisher behind Ramsey was Roane County's Alston Spears, who opted to pass the time in the lengthy delay by going to Ripley. Spears' 76 was good for sixth place. He was followed in seventh by Williamstown's Mac McCormick (78), eighth by Brandyn Offenberger (79) of Waterford and ninth by Hunter Simmons of Roane County (82).
In the 15-18 girls division, which saw seven entrants and five finishers, Fairmont's Bailey Frederick won with an 88.