By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
The Marion County golf teams squared off Monday with seven other teams from their region at Green Hills Country Club for the regional golf tournament.
All three teams finished in the top five, with East Fairmont taking third, North Marion taking fourth and Fairmont Senior taking fifth. Of the 40 participants, two players from Marion County, Brennon Vincent and Colton Holbert, qualified for the state tournament.
Overall, two teams stood out from the pack as Ritchie County (231) and Roane County (231) came in the top two spots. The next three teams were from Marion County.
East Fairmont, which shot a collective 249, was paced by three solid scores in the 80s.
Brennon Vincent led the Bees by shooting an 80. With that score, Vincent will be heading to the state tournament.
“We were just a little off today,” Vincent said of the team’s third-place finish.
The other scores for East Fairmont were Mason Weese’s 84, Jacob Monell’s 85 and Hayden Stewart’s 93.
Vincent was proud of the way the entire team played this season, saying, “We played very well all season. Usually if our one and two didn’t play good, our three and four would be there to pick us up. We just worked together as a team.”
As far as the state tournament goes, Vincent said he doesn’t plan on changing anything.
“I’m pretty pumped,” he said. “I’m just going to keep working and keep practicing.”
North Marion, which finished five strokes behind East Fairmont, was led by Holbert’s 80, followed by Cole Richards’ 86, Dustin Fisher’s 88 and Matt Martin’s 96.
“We had a pretty good year,” Holbert said. “Up and down at times, but I felt we were pretty consistent. I’m proud of it.”
As for Holbert, he’ll join Vincent at the state tournament after playing in his first regional.
“I was just fortunate enough that I played good enough today when it counted, and make it to states,” he said.
Much like Vincent, Holbert said he doesn’t plan on changing much when it comes to the state tournament.
“It doesn’t really feel any different. I still have to take care of business,” he said. “Of course, there’s more on the line to be a state champion.”
Fairmont Senior, which finished second in the Big 10 Championship a week ago, capped its season with a fifth-place finish after being led by Gage Hannah, who shot an identical score to the one he shot last week with an 81. Bailey Mohr shot an 84, Logan Orton shot a 96 and Zach Phillips shot a 98.
Much like the rest of the Marion County players, Hannah was happy with his team’s season.
“This was a good season. We had a lot of young guys. Me and Bailey tried to teach them a lot,” he said. “Hopefully after we’re gone they continue to have a good program.”
Hannah, a senior, was just one stroke away from making it to the state tournament, but he wasn’t disappointed in the way he played.
“I played real good on the front nine but I was kind of a little shaky on the back,” he said. “There were putts that I left out there. One stroke, that’s the difference. That’s just the way golf is. I’m not disappointed about it, but I’m happy with our season. Big 10 was the highlight.”
The overall medalist for the match was Sydney Snodgrass of Ritchie County, who shot a 71 for the day.
The state tournament will be held Oct. 8.
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