HHS set to compete for state golf title
HUNTINGTON — Huntington High School’s quest for the 2018 state golf championship has come down to two days.
The Highlanders will compete with eight other schools for the Class AAA title Tuesday and Wednesday at the Jones Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. HHS earned a berth in the championship with a second-place finish in the Region IV tournament at Green Hills Golf Course in Ravenswood, West Virginia, last week. Huntington High shot 250 as a team and beat Parkersburg South in a tie-breaker to finish 10 strokes behind regional champion Parkersburg.
The Highlanders are led by Jacob Berry, who tied Parkersburg’s Garrett Ballway and Hurricane’s Sam White for medalist honors in the regional after shooting 6-over par 78. Other Huntington High golfers include Connor Campbell, who shot 85 at Green Hills, Tanner Dorsey, who shot 87, and Chase Coughenour, who carded a 91.
Having placed second in the region indicates HHS won’t be favored to win its first championship since 1999. Coach J.D. Maue’s squad, though, appears to own a bright future, as it fields no seniors.
Defending state champion Washington likely comes in as the favorite, with George Washington also strongly in the hunt. G.W., which won the Duke Ridgeley Invitational at Guyan Golf and Country Club earlier this season and finished 17 strokes ahead of HHS, is led by Joseph Kalaskey, whose sister Torren plays for Marshall University.
Washington and defending state tournament medalist Christian Boyd edged George Washington, which last won it all in 1989 and placed third last season, by one stroke earlier this season on the very course at which they will face one another Tuesday and Wednesday.
In Class AA, Winfield won the Region IV title behind an 11-over par, 82, from Chase Milbee at the 6,237-yard Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado, West Virginia, to reach the state tournament. Fellow Generals Logan Lightner shot 88, Bryant Moore 100 and Ryan Parsons 108 as Winfield finished at 270, five shots ahead of runner-up Scott.
The Generals are seeking their first state golf championship since 2004.
Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. The final foursomes on each tee begin at 10:36 a.m.