Fairland captures OVC golf title again

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 26, 1999


Sunday, September 26, 1999

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - And the beat goes on. The Fairland Dragons coasted to their sixth Ohio Valley Conference golf championship in the 1990s Thursday at Sugarwood Golf Course.

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"We’ve done pretty well. It’s by far the best team I’ve ever had in my 25 years," Fairland coach Ed Wilgus said.

The Dragons had the top three golfers with Kyle Leadman and Taylor Stillpass each carding a 76 while Matt Hansford shot a 78. Josh Dunfee was fourth with an 84 while Brad Mayo and Austin Burcham each shot an 85.

Fairland had a 314 total with the South Point Pointers second at 337. The Chesapeake Panthers had a 349 score and the Rock Hill Redmen shot a 355.

Leadman and Stillpass tied for the low score and had a playoff to determine the medalist. Both had a bogey 5 on the first hole, but Stillpass had a bogey on the second half and Leadman recorded a par to take medalist honors.

The six low scores are all-conference. After the three Fairland golfers, South Point’s Ryan Matney shot an 80, Rock Hill’s Joe Mullens an 81, and Chesapeake’s Joey Macri had an 86.

The Dragons play in the sectional tournament on Tuesday.

"We’ve won more matches than we ever have before. I was hoping for this type of score from our guys throughout the season. We still have a long way to go, but we’re getting better. It’s been a fun year and it’s going by real quick," said Wilgus.

Ace for Dragons Swanton

It wasn’t a typical day for Fairland senior Aaron Swanton who was playing against River Valley at Cliffside Country Club in Gallipolis last week.

Swanton had a hole-in-one on the fly on the number 7 hole. Swanton used a 7-iron on the 152-yard hole.

"I’ve never had anyone ace a hole during competition. I’ve had someone do it in a practice round, but never during a competition," said Wilgus.