FAIRMONT — Fairmont Senior defended its home course at the Fairmont Field Club in a tightly-contested quad match on Monday, one in which county foe North Marion was the Polar Bears’ closest challenger.
Behind a medalist 1-under 34 from senior Clark Craig, Fairmont Senior defeated North Marion 177-185, with Morgantown and Lewis County right on the Huskies’ heels for runner-up with team scores of 186 and 189, respectively.
Elsewhere in the county on Monday, East Fairmont hosted its own match at Apple Valley Country Club, splitting a tri-match with Bridgeport and Philip Barbour after posting a team score of 214.
Craig’s round of 34 was the best in the county on Monday in both matches and across all seven teams combined as it was four strokes better than Bridgeport’s Matt Aman’s 38.
Along with Craig’s 1-under 34, Fairmont Senior’s win was owed to the rounds from Zack Morgan, Gabe Jimmie and Logan Huffman as the Polar Bears’ other three qualifying scorers on the day. Morgan carded a 45 to finish in a tie for fourth among individuals in the quad match, while Jimmie delivered a clutch 47 out of FSHS’s No. 5 spot. Logan Huffman capped the team’s scoring with a 51 out of the No. 4 spot.
Luke Blickenstaff also competed for Fairmont Senior, posting a 62.
In Tuesday’s tri-match with Preston and Notre Dame, Morgan led the Polar bears with a 39. However, it was the Knights’ Luke Livensout who finished as the titleist, shooting a 37.
Also for the Fairmont Senior, Jimmie, Huffman Satterfield, and Blickenstaff respectively registered scores of 45, 46, 48, and 58. Craig finished last for the Polar Bears, shooting a 79.
North Marion’s runner-up total of 185 was guided by No. 1 Michael Harris’ round of 42, which tied Morgantown’s Carter Patrick for second individually behind only Craig’s 34.
Rounds from Dylan Runner, Bryce Rhoades, and Rylan Gump accounted for the remaining scores in NMHS’s four-person total. Runner shot a 46 to finish in a tie for sixth individually, while Rhoades and Gump were each just a few strokes back at a 48 and 49, respectively.
Preston Ice and Evan Hall also competed for the Huskies, shooting a 56 and 59, respectively.
Morgantown was led by Patrick’s 42, while Lewis County’s best round came from Hunter Heath with a 45.
At Apple Valley, the Bees’ four-person total of 214 was enough to defeat Philip Barbour’s 234, but Bridgeport ran away with the tri-match, posting a 181.
Trey Cather notched the low round of the day for EFHS, posting a 51 from the Bees’ No. 1 slot. Jacob Laya’s 53 was good for second on the team out of the No. 3 spot. Paul Lucas’ round of 54 and Connor Konya’s 56 rounded out East Fairmont’s qualifying scorers.
Tanner Bartholow and Garrett Waylon also competed for the Bees, with both carding a 59 on the day.
Bridgeport’s Aman took medalist honors by nine strokes with a low round of 38, with the Indians also responsible for the tri’s next five lowest rounds. Mason Halfin shot a 55 to lead the Colts.