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Elkins to begin state competition today

October 2, 2012
By Andrew Davis - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

WHEELING - Ten area golfers are set to compete in the West Virginia High School State Golf Tournament that is slated to begin today at Oglebay Park.

All of the competitors gathered in Wheeling today and were awarded a practice round in order to be ready to play 36 holes over the next two days.

All of the tourney's champions will be crowned on Wednesday afternoon, the final day of action

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The Elkins High School golf team will open state tourney play today. Team members are, from left, Kollin Hopwood, Alex Baird, Kelsi Trippett, Braden Hammond and coach Dave Baird.

Play will begin at 9 a.m. on both days of the tournament.

After capturing the regional championship last week, Elkins will be one eight squads competing for the Class AAA team title.

Braden Hammond, Kollin Hopwood, Kelsi Trippett and Alex Baird are the competitors for the Tigers.

Hammond was the low-medalist at the regional tourney last week after shooting an 80. Hopwood hit a 90, while Trippett shot a 97 at the event.

Baird, who was the lone Elkins golfer that qualified for the state tournament last season, shot a 93 at regionals.

"The kids had a great practice round today," Elkins coach Dave Baird said. "They're really anxious to get started with the tournament on Tuesday.

"Their goal was to get to the state tournament this year and they've accomplishment that."

Buckhannon-Upshur will have one golfer in the field as Dalton Crislip advanced after shooting a 92 last week.

In Class A, Moorefield will be in the team competition after capturing regional gold last week.

The Yellow Jackets are led by Quincy Fraley, who shot an 80 and earned a low-medalist trophy at regionals.

Moorefield's Tanner Carr, Noah Carr and Coleen Connolly will also look to contribute for the Yellow Jackets.

East Hardy's Korey Foltz, who advanced after shooting a 96 at the regional tournament, will be chasing an individual championship for the Cougars.



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