FAIRMONT — Marion County golf teed off the 2019 season on Tuesday with Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont participating in the first of four matches in the Callaway Junior Tour High School Series at Bel Meadow Golf Club.
FSHS senior Clark Craig provided plenty of fireworks in his 2019 debut after capping his 2018 season with a state runner-up finish after he forced a playoff at the state tournament after a second-round record 67.
Craig tied Ryan Bilby on Tuesday at Bel Meadow for medalist honors to start off 2019, shooting a 75 to finish 3-over in leading the Polar Bears to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.
George Washington’s A-team won the event at a combined 33-over, while Greenbrier East’s score of plus-41 was runner-up. GW’s B-team and Wheeling Park tied for third at plus-47, and Fairmont Senior and Parkersburg tied for fifth at 49-over.
East Fairmont finished the day at No. 21 out of 22 competing teams, and combined to shoot a plus-132.
“It was a good start to the season,” FSHS coach Luke Corley said, “but we have to learn from our mistakes and build on them. We didn’t shoot ourselves out of it today, but we have to do good in the next three events to make a run at winning the Callaway Series championship.”
Craig’s banner day for the Polar Bears was powered by his play on the back nine where he shot an even-par 36 after shooting a 3-over 39 on the front nine. He led off the back nine with a string of three straight pars, including on the 521-yard Par 5 No. 10.
After a bogey on the Par 5, No. 13, he posted back-to-back birdies on the Par 3 No. 14 and Par 4, No. 15. Craig finished his round par, par, bogey on the final three holes.
In total, Craig posted five bogeys, two birdies and 11 pars on the day.
“I thought Clark played an awesome round today,” said Corley. “He was striking the ball very well, but left a few out there.”
Also contributing to FSHS’s three man total of 265 were senior Gannon Satterfield and junior Zack Morgan, who each shot a 95. The highlight of both players’ round came on the 380-yard Par 4 No. 11 where both recorded their lone birdies of the day.
Jimmie Gabe also competed for FSHS on the day, shooting a 110.
“Gannon and Zack were a little off today, but I was pleased with the way they grinded through it,” Corley said. “I was also pleased with the way Gabe handled himself out there during his first ever competitive round of golf.”
For East Fairmont, Traijon Cother posted the team’s low round of the day, shooting a 109. Tanner Bartholow and Connor Konya also factored into the team score, with Bartholow shooting a 116 and Konya shooting a 123. Waylon Garrett also competed for the Bees, shooting a 124.
The Callaway Junior Tour High School Series will continue Thursday at Olgebay Resort.