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Panthers win 5th straight OVC golf championship

Jim Walker



FRIENDSHIP — The Chesapeake Panthers’ golf team has created a habit they can’t seem to shake.

And that’s OK with them.

The Panthers placed three golfers on the all-conference team as they won their fifth straight Ohio Valley Conference championship Thursday at Shawnee State Golf Course.

Chesapeake had a 343 team total to win by 11 strokes. They won the title last year by 28 strokes but graduated All-Ohio golfer Nick Duffield along with Seth Waggoner, Eric Kennedy and Eric Sias.

Only Oxley — who was All-OVC last year — and Stevens returned from last year’s team.

The Coal Grove Hornets were next at 354 followed by the Fairland Dragons at 367, the River Valley Raiders 398, the South Point Pointers 407 and the Rock Hill Redmen had a 499 total.

Coal Grove’s Brent Morgan won his second straight OVC medalist honors with a 2-under par 70.

Morgan headed up the all-conference team that included teammate Luke McGraw, Chesapeake’s Drew Oxley, Derek Lemley and Shane Stevens, South Point’s Madison Riley and River Valley’s Zach Morris.

Morgan and Stevens were the only other to repeat as All-OVC.

The Panthers won their fifth straight league title as Oxley shot a 76, Lemley 82 and Stevens 84. Jacob Henson had a 101, Austin Hutchison 108 and Kobe McWhorter 112 to round out the Chesapeake scoring.

Besides Morgan’s 70, McGraw had an 85, Brandon Adkins 92, Tori Holmes 107 and Ryan Malone 109.

Tyler Blake finished with an 88 and Bailey Manns was two shots behind him at 90 to pace Fairland. Blake Kerstetter had a 92, Hunter Schenewark 97, Hayden James 99 and Jake Wireman 112.

Morris shot an 87 to pace the Raiders. Logan Sheets shot a 97, Jordan Howell had a 100, Brandon Gilmore 114, Rondal Cornell 117 and Grant Gilmore 129.

Riley’s 82 topped the Pointers followed by Austin Wellman at 102, Kyle Goodman 110, Tyler Porter 113, Barbara Collins 114 and Mackenzie Schweickart-Evans 137

Logan Barcus shot a 116 and Austin Barcus 117 to pace the Redmen. Gavin Boggs was at 131, Andrew Brammer 135 and Gabe Casey 144.