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Eagles’ Junior Finishes Second

Blain runner-up at state golf championships

October 10, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - STAFF WRITER (BCRAWFORD@WETZELCHRONICLE.COM) , Wetzel Chronicle

Magnolia junior Trey Blain recorded a 75 on the second day of WVSSAC Class-A State Golf action, helping him become the highest-scoring MHS player in the state golf tournament on Oct. 3 at Oglebay Parks Jones Course.

Blain was three strokes off the lead of Wheeling Central senior Derrick Harrison heading into the second day of Class-A action, and was all knotted up at 75 when he finished and was waiting to see if there might be a play-off. However, Harrison sank a birdie on the 18th hole, winning the Class-A golf medalist with a two-day total of 152 and dropping Bain to runner-up, ending one stroke behind.

"I just tried to get myself in position to attack the pins (Wednesday)," Blain said. "I tried to make a run for it but came up one short.

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Photo by Teran Malone
Magnolia’s Trey Blain hits a shot from the fairway during the West Virginia State Golf Championships in Wheeling. Below, the Eagles’ Alex Milliken eyes up his put.

"Shout out to Derrick for birdieing No. 9. That was clutch."

Blain delivered just one birdie himself and had opportunities for two more, but was unable to capitalize.

"I had two putts that didn't fall on Holes 15 and 16 for birdie," Blain said. Those were out of my control, too. I hit good putts, but they just didn't drop, but overall I was happy with my performance. Hopefully next year I can make a run at it."

With the Central's Harrison graduating at the end of the season, Blain will return as a senior and could be the favorite to claim the state title.

"He gets another crack at it," Magnolia coach Dave Tallman said. "He has the right temperament for golf. He never gets too high or low and always has a smile on his face."

Wheeling Central won the team championship with a score of 486, while Ravenswood captured second place with a 510.

The Blue Eagles came into the team state tournament for their first time and secured a fifth place in a eight-team field with a team total of 542, with Blain leading the way with a 78 and a 75 for a two-day total of 153.

Sophomore Alex Parker finished three strokes better on the second night and finished with a two-day total of 179, while junior Alex Miliken was one stroke better on the second day and finished with a 213. Olivia Mensore finished the two-day event with a 219.

Both Harrison and Blain each earned all-state honors, while filling out the all-state squad were Pocahontas County's David Gibb (157) and Gareth Ryder (162), along with Ravenswood's Ciah Kennedy (159), Parkersburg Catholic's Bryce Moore (161) and Williamstown's Xavier Caruthers (164).

All four Magnolia golfers will return next season.

 
 
 

 

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