Logan golf team off to fast start to 2013 season
by Paul Adkins Sports Editor
The Logan High School golf team is off to a great start in the 2013 season led by Sam Corns, J.C. Motes and Chase Preston.
The three golfers traveled all summer playing a full Callaway Junior Golf schedule against the best junior competition in the state.
Also gaining valuable experience this summer were Jacob Vance, Madi Trent and Alex Toler.
“This is the most kids I have ever had compete in the Callaway tournaments and all their hard work is paying off for the team,” Logan golf coach Cliff Motes said.
Following the regular Callaway Tour season, Logan competed in three tournaments as part of the Callaway High School Series which kicked off the season.
At the Lewisburg Country Club, Logan finished seventh out 13 teams led by J.C. Motes who shot a 79. Chase Preston had an 81 and Alex Toler a 105.
The second tournament was held at the demanding Parkersburg Country Club.
This event had a state tournament atmosphere and included a field of what are most likely the best high school teams in the state.
Logan finished fifth out of 30 teams at Parkersburg, paced by Motes who led Logan’s squad with a 77. Preston had a 78, Corns an 81 and Toler a 94.
Logan then finished the high school tournaments with a strong performance at the Big Bend Golf Course, earning a fourth place finish out of 28 teams at the Capital City Classic. Logan was again led Motes who fired a 74. Preston had a 77, Corns a 78 and Toler a 91. Motes also made the all-tournament team.
In regular season high school play, Logan has so far posted five wins against only one loss.
The wins came against Riverside, Sissonville, Chapmanville and Herbert Hoover.
Logan’s only loss was a narrow, one-stroke difference against Scott.
Individual scoring averages in the regular season are: Corns 37; Motes 38; Preston 38; Vance 42; Zach Hanlon 42; Troy Burgess 44; Toler 46; Keith Williamson 48; Colton Tomblin 49; and Caleb Lawson 52. The only female on the squad, junior Madi Trent, is playing well with a scoring average of 46.
The Logan Wildcat golf team got a taste of the state tournament in 2011. They hope to qualify again by making it through the Class AAA regional competition coming up at Twin Silos Golf Course in Huntington on October 2.
The top two teams from the regional outing will advance to the state championship at Oglebay Park in Wheeling later in October.
The Logan County Open, pitting Logan against Man and Chapmanville, is set for Monday at the Logan Country Club in Chapmanville. The match has a noon tee time.
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