The first of two Junior Match Play qualifiers, for players under 18 and conducted by the West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA), took place Saturday at Bel Meadow Golf Club in Mt. Clare.  A dozen players qualified for the Junior Match Play Championship on May 7-8 at Parkersburg Country Club.

Girls qualifying for the Championship are:

  • Savannah Hawkins of Hurricane;
  • Brielle Milhoan of Vienna; and
  • Audrey Kerr of Bridgeport.

Boys qualifying for the Championship are:

  • Cameron Jarvis of Barboursville;
  • Zan Hills of Daniels;
  • Bryson Beaver of Elkview;
  • Gavin Goodrich of Wheeling;
  • McCartney Hinkle of Bluefield, VA;
  • Andrew Pennybacker of Wheeling;
  • Campbell Koegler of Wheeling;
  • Mario Palumbo of Charleston; and
  • Drew Matlick of Keyser.

“Our course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, is an enjoyable and playable course,” said Bel Meadow co-owner Randy Workman.  “This is the third year we’ve hosted a Junior Match Play Qualifier, and we’re pleased to try to help these young kids, since they’re the future of our sport.  In addition to supporting the WVGA, we also have three high schools and two college that play our course regularly.”

“We’d like to thank everyone at Bel Meadow for hosting this qualifier for the 22nd Junior Match Play Championship,” said WVGA Director of Rules and Competition Chris Slack.  “We are looking forward to this year’s championship at Parkersburg Country Club in a couple of weeks.”

The final Junior Match Play Qualifier will take place April 30 at Edgewood Country Club.

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