GW edges Hurricane, Fairland for Ridgeley title
HUNTINGTON - Winning Friday’s Duke Ridgeley Invitational golf tournament title is an accomplishment, but George Washington High School coach B.J. Calabrese views it as a stepping stone to a larger goal.
“We look forward to working hard and continuing to improve through the season and hope to win a state championship,” Calabrese said after his Patriots shot 231 to win the 20-team event at Guyan Golf and Country Club.
Medalist Joseph Kalaskey, a junior, shot 3-over par 74 on the 6,523-yard course to lead George Washington to a 231 team score, seven strokes better than runner-up Hurricane. Fairland was third at 239, followed by defending champion Parkersburg at 240, George Washington B at 247, Huntington High at 248, Cabell Midland at 249, Hurricane B at 250, Parkersburg South at 261, Charleston Catholic at 269, Cabell Midland B at 281, Gallia Academy at 283, Charleston Catholic B at 292, Chesapeake at 302 and Spring Valley at 351. Cabell Midland C, Chapmanville, Huntington St. Joe, Ironton and Wayne posted individual, but no team, scores.
George Washington was the lone squad with four golfers who shot less than 80. John Logan Taylor recorded a 78. Colt Gillispie and Anderson Goldman both shot 79.
Kalaskey and Taylor made the all-tournament team, along with Fairland golfers Hanna Shrout, who shot 76, and Clayton Thomas, who carded a 77, Hurricane’s Olivia Hart, who shot 77, and Parkersburg’s Carter Stone, who shot 78.
Kalaskey said he expected his team to win the tournament, named for longtime The Herald-Dispatch sports editor Duke Ridgeley. He said he knew the Hurricane golfers would be a challenge, but had no idea what to expect from Fairland, against which the Patriots don’t compete in any other tournament.
“We didn’t know Fairland at all, but they’re good,” Kalaskey said. “To give yourself a chance to win, you have to have at least two golfers shoot sub-80 scores and they did that.”
The key for Kalaskey was hitting the ball in the fairways. Kalaskey said he struggled with that in his last three rounds in junior tournaments.
“I didn’t hit a lot of fairways my last three tournaments, so I’ve worked hard on my drives and today it was better,” Kalaskey said. “I hit fairways and I hit greens.”
Kalaskey and his teammates will need to continue to play well to win the state tournament, in which they finished third in 2017. George Washington lost to defending state champion Washington by one stroke earlier this season at the Speidel Golf Club in Wheeling.
Hart, a senior, led Hurricane’s scoring, followed by Luke Six with a 79, Paxton Gordon with an 82 and Sam White with an 84. Hart said she didn’t expect to play as well as she did.
“At the Women’s State Am I played terribly,” said Hart, who finished eighth in that event last month at Parkersburg Country Club. “Today, I rolled in a lot of par putts, which saved my game. My driver and my putter were working well.”
Hart triple bogeyed No. 12, a short 165- yard par-3 that is made difficult by driving over water and avoiding trees on both sides, but made up for it with three birdies.
Shrout, a state tournament qualifier as an individual last year in Ohio, shot a personal-best 76, but wasn’t pleased.
“I’m happy, but I’m not satisfied,” said Shrout, a junior. “It should have been a 74.”
Shrout said her putting and chipping was strong and displayed that on No. 2 when she chipped in for a birdie.