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University, Poca, Charleston Catholic lead first round

Oct. 02, 2012 @ 11:45 PM

WHEELING -- University, Poca and Charleston Catholic are the team leaders after the first round of the West Virginia High School State Golf Tournament being played on the Jones Course at Oglebay Resort.

University shot 229 in the opening round Tuesday and leads two-time defending champion Wheeling Park in Class AAA by four shots. Cabell Midland is third with 235 and Huntington High is sixth with 248.

Poca carded a 246 and is three shots ahead of Roane County in Class AA.

Charleston Catholic posted 236 to lead Class A by 15 shots over Weirton Madonna.

Wheeling Park's Cole Hand fired an even-par 72 to lead the individual standings and teammate Thadd Obency II is a shot back. He, too, is going for a third straight title. University's Eric Wirth and Cale Wheeler follow with 74 each and Trent McPherson shot 77 to give the Hawks the lead. They won the Region I title last week by five shots over Wheeling Park. For the Patriots, their third score was 84 by Scott Hand. Dylan Wojcik got disqualified.

Winfield's Chris Williams shot 74. Jacob Beahrs led Cabell Midland with 75 and Seth Kinker added a 77.

Travis Covert of Poca, Sydney Snodgrass of Ritchie County and Evan Smith of Bluefield each posted 78 to share first in Class AA. Alex Hamrick added an 83 and Steve Loudermilk 85 to put the Dots on top.

In Class A, Charleston Catholic's Christian Casingal leads with 75 and teammate Aaron Persily follows at 76. The Fighting Irish have finished first or second every year since 2006. They are looking to repeat.