FAIRMONT — After beginning the 2019 golf season on Tuesday at Bel Meadow Golf Club in the opening match of the Callaway Junior Tour High School Series, Fairmont Senior continued to sniff around the team leaderboard in the tour’s second event on Thursday at Oglebay Resort’s Jones Course.
North Marion, meanwhile, got its 2019 campaign underway on Thursday at Oglebay after a breakthrough 2018 season where the Huskies advanced to the state tournament. East Fairmont, which participated in Tuesday’s event did not play Thursday at Oglebay.
FSHS was led again by senior Clark Craig, who started his 2019 season in fine fashion on Tuesday when he tied for medalist honors as the low round of the day after shooting a 3-over 75. Craig followed up that performance with a 7-over 78 on Thursday to finish fifth overall, while the Polar Bears as a team finished fourth with a three-man score of 42-over after placing fifth at Bel Meadow.
“I felt we played a lot better today as a team,” FSHS coach Luke Corley said. “We are heading in the right direction. We just have to keep working hard and learn how to minimize the damage when we are having a bad hole.”
George Washington’s A-team took the team victory on Thursday, its second straight to start the Callaway series. After shooting 33-over as a team on Tuesday, GW followed it up with a 12-over team score on Thursday, which was 19 strokes ahead of second-place Wheeling Park. Cabell Midland at 38-over, Fairmont Senior at 42-over and Huntington at 45-over rounded out the Top 5. North Marion placed 15th out of the 22 competing teams, finishing at 79-over.
GW’s Joseph Kalaskey and Wheeling Park’s Noah Seivertson tied for medalist honors with the low rounds of the day as they both shot a 1-under 70. Brooke’s Ryan Bilby, who tied with Craig for medalist honors on Tuesday, was third with an even-par 70 followed by GW’s Anderson Goldman in fourth at a 2-over 73.
Craig’s fifth-place round of 78 started out a bit bumpy with Craig sitting at 4-over through the first three holes. He battled back, however, making a birdie on the 499-yard Par 5 No. 5 before eventually finishing the front nine with at a 6-over 42. He fared much better on the back nine, shooting a 1-over 36 as he posted birdies on Nos. 11 and 16 to go with four pars and three bogeys over the remaining seven holes.
Craig finished the day with three birdies and seven pars on the day.
“Clark grinded out a solid 78 on a day where he wasn’t hitting it his best,” Corley said.
Just three strokes behind Craig in a tie for eighth overall was senior teammate Gannon Satterfield, who responded well after a trying round on Tuesday. Satterfield finished with a 10-over 81 on Thursday as he recorded nine pars on the day en route to finishing 5-over on both the front and back nine.
“Gannon really stepped up big for us today,” Corley said. “He was able to keep a level head and putted really well.”
Zack Morgan was FSHS’s third qualifying scorer on the day, with the junior shooting a 96. His highlight of the day was on the 399-yard Par 4 No. 6 where he made his lone birdie of the day.
Gabe Jimmie also competed for the Polar Bears, finishing the day with a score of 103.
For the Huskies, sophomore Dylan Runner led the way, shooting an 18-over 89 to finish in a tie for 29th. Runner finished the day with five pars on the day, breaking even on Nos. 4, 7, 9, 14 and 15. He finished 6-over on the front nine and 12-over on the back nine.
Junior Bryce Rhoades finished second on NMHS with a score of 98, converting three pars on the day, while Rylan Gump rounded out the team’s qualifying scorers with a 105. Broc Tennant also competed for North Marion, shooting a 108.
The Callaway Junior Tour High School Series will continue today at 9 a.m. at Edgewood, the third of the tour’s four events.