Frazier full of confidence for state tourney
HUNTINGTON – Thomas Frazier will be in a better mood this week when he tees it up in the West Virginia High School Golf Tournament at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.
The Huntington High senior fired a 2-under-par 69 in the Class AAA, Region IV Tournament at Twin Silos at Lavalette. That score served as the catalyst for the Highlanders winning the regional by one shot over rival Cabell Midland (231-232).
The past two years Frazier didn't have his best day at regionals, shooting 82 as a sophomore at Parkersburg Country Club and 81 last year at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
"I let myself down at every regional," Frazier said. "This was my last one and I didn't want to let that happen again. This is a boost for my confidence."
Fisher Cross turned in a 78 and Nick Nolan carded 84 to give the Highlanders the win.
The State Tournament is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday on the Jones Course at Oglebay Resort. Teams get to walk the course Monday.
Twin Silos has its share of hazards, so Frazier took a conservative route Monday. It was irons and hybrids off many tees and the strategy worked as he racked up five birdies and three bogeys.
"I didn't want to get into trouble," he said. "I wanted to make my first birdie before my first bogey and not get behind the 8-ball. I kept the ball in play, hit my irons good all day, my misses weren't bad and I putted solid."
Frazier's fortunes on the greens changed after the West Virginia Junior Amateur on July 15-16 at Locust Hill Country Club in Charles Town, W.Va. He shot 82 in round one, put a new Odyssey putter in the bag and fired a 72 in round two to finish second in the age 15-16 division.
A week later, Frazier tied for fifth in a PGA Junior Series event on Purdue's Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. He finished tied for 22nd in the West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
He shot 74 on Old White TPC in the final round.
"That new putter made a difference," Frazier said. "Eight feet and in, I believe I can make most of them."
Prior to Monday, Cabell Midland had a pattern of finishing one shot ahead of the Highlanders at tournaments. The Knights did so a year ago in the regional at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane and again in August at the Mountain State Athletic Conference Tournament at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston.
Thomas sensed a reversal of fortune.
"I felt good. I felt we had a legitimate shot," Thomas said of winning.
Highlanders coach J.D. Maue was happy to see all the smiles when the players posed for a picture with the championship plaque and scoresheet.
"These kids deserve this," he said.
The other six schools in the Class AAA state tournament field include Parkersburg South and Wheeling Park (Region I), Washington and Elkins (Region II) and Princeton and Shady Spring (Region III). Individual qualifiers in Region IV are Sam Corns of Logan and Andrew Brooks of Hurricane.
Poca is in Class AA. Players for the Dots are David Scraggs, Alex Hamrick, Travis Covert and Caleb Luikart.
In Class A, Buffalo is in. Bison players are Cory Hoshor, Bradley Harris, Nic Gunter and Blaik Caplinger.
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