George Washington sweeps MSAC golf
CHARLESTON -- George Washington scored a sweep Tuesday in the Mountain State Athletic Conference golf tournament at Berry Hills Country Club.
The Patriots, playing on their home course, won the team title with a 305 total. Harry Basile led the way with a 3-over-par 73 to finish as medalist.
Cabell Midland and Huntington High stayed close to George Washington until the third, fourth and fifth players completed their rounds.
Kyle Bird shot 75, Matt Nelson followed with 76 and Drew Call checked in with an 81 to secure the victory for the Patriots.
Cabell Midland was second with 316 and Huntington High third with 317.
Seth Kinker led Cabell Midland with 74. Mark Wilcox shot 75 and Zach Chapman a 79 to lead the Knights.
Fisher Cross was low man for Huntington High with 74.
Players who shot 79 or better made the All-MSAC Team. As medalist, Basile is player of the year.
"They were more consistent," Knights coach Bill Meadows said of George Washington.
Kinker knows Berry Hills is a tight course and that prompted him to hit 2-iron -- Tiger Woods stinger -- off the tee seven times.
"I was inconsistent in the beginning, but got it turned around," Kinker said.
Wilcox ended on a positive note with a birdie on the par-3 18th. His 5-iron tee shot came to rest 5 feet from the hole.
"This is a tough course," Wilcox said. "One bad swing can cost you."
Chapman, a freshman, turned in his best 18-hole round of the young season. "He continues to improve," Meadows said.
Cross improved by two shots over his total here last year. He started with a birdie on No. 1 and holed a 35-footer for birdie on the par-5 9th to make the turn even. He shot 4 over on the back.
"I played well," Cross said. "I made some key shots when I needed them."
Teams return to regular-season matches until late September when regional tournaments are held across the Mountain State. The Class AAA Region IV tournament is scheduled Sept. 30 at Twin Silos at Lavalette. Cabell Midland won by a shot over Huntington High in 2012. The top two teams in each regional advance to the West Virginia High School Tournament scheduled Oct. 8-9 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.