Vance earns 2nd at WVGA Junior Am
CHARLESTON — Torren Kalaskey used a strong stretch in her final round to overcome a showdown with former Huntington St. Joe golfer Fuzzy Vance in the Girls 15-18 Championship at the WVGA Junior Amateur, played at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston on Friday.
Kalaskey, a Charleston native, and Vance were tied heading into the 12th hole, but Kalaskey went 1-over par over the final seven holes to shoot a 79 and defeat Vance by two strokes.
Vance went into the afternoon with a two-stroke lead, but started with a pair of double-bogeys and a bogey in the first three holes as Kalaskey moved in front early in the round.
The match stayed tight until Vance endured bogeys at Nos. 12 and 14, which proved to be the difference in the title.
Both Kalaskey and Vance are headed to Marshall to continue their golf careers this fall.
Between the two, they have captured the last four junior state championships with Kalaskey winning on Friday and the 2017 Junior Match Play while Vance won the 2017 Junior Am and 2018 Junior Match Play.
Hurricane’s Olivia Hart matched Kalaskey’s final-day 79, but finished nine shots off the lead in third place.
Ravenswood’s Alex Easthom continued his surge from day one, firing a 3-under 68 to earn the Boys 15-18 championship by five strokes over Christian Boyd of Charles Town, West Virginia.
Huntington’s Josef Dransfeld finished 11 shots off the pace in a tie for seventh place.
In one of the tightest races of the day, Oceana’s Kerri-Anne Cook fought off a surge from Vienna’s Molly McLean to win the Girls 10-14 Championship by two strokes.
In Boys 12-and-under, Huntington’s Jack Michael finished second to Charles Town’s Argyle Downes.
In Boys 13-14, Gareth Ryder shot a final-round 76 to win by three shots over David Gibb in a battle of a pair of Marlinton-born golfers.