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River Wins OVGL Crown

By Staff | Sep 29, 2015

WHEELING – A pair of river rivals walked away big winners Thursday at the Ohio Valley Golf League Championship.

River earned the team trophy, while Magnolia’s Peyton Moore captured medalist honors on another great day on the links at Oglebay’s par 71 Crispin layout.

River coach Justin Fetty believes it’s the Pilots’ second OVGL crown.

“All season, our goals are to win the OVAC, the OVGL and advance in sectionals,” Fetty said. ‘”We fell short at OVACs … Wheeling Central is a great team. (Thursday), we came away with a victory.

“Truthfully, it’s more rewarding to win our league. We spend all season playing these teams in home and away matches; schools of all shapes and sizes.”

Led by Isaac Curtis’ 71 – one shot behind Moore’s 70 – River finished with a score of 313, nine strokes ahead of Magnolia, which won the OVAC Class 3A championship at Crispin last week.

St. Clairsville was a distant third with 345, followed by Martins Ferry (346), Bridgeport (353), Barnesville (364), Buckeye Trail (369), Bishop Donahue (371), Union Local (377) and St. John (380).

“Our No. 2 guy (Curtis) fired an even par and my No. 4 guy (Zac Smith) fired a 77,” Fetty beamed. “I think each of my top 4 guys have medaled at least one match.

“It’s really been fun watching them play golf all year.”

That parity has helped make the Pilots one of the area’s top squad’s this season, Curtis said.

“Everyone is just having a good year. We have four seniors, and that’s really helping us out.

”Hopefully, we can win sectionals.”

Curtis finished even par on the front nine Thursday, highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 No. 4 hole.

“I’m pretty happy with a 71,” he said. “I was able to make some putts that usually aren’t makeable. I was putting pretty good and hitting my driver well.”

Brandon Smith (83) and Ben Riley (83) rounded out River’s scoring.

Moore won medalist honors one week after earning 3A accolades. He shot 67 in the Blue Eagles’ championship effort.

“I missed a lot of birdie opportunities,” he acknowledged. “I made a few bad decisions, but I’m pretty happy with a 70.

“I knew I could shoot around what I shot in the OVACs, but I just had to make the putts. My short game was a little iffy.”

Moore and Curtis headlined an all-OVGL Team that also featured Buckeye Trail’s Will Davis (74), Martins Ferry’s Joel Shane (75), Trail’s Evan Archer (79) and Bridgeport’s Matt Herink (79).