Princeton golf

Following through ... Jack Hickman of Princeton Senior High sends the ball down the Pipestem 18-hole course on Monday. The Tigers came in third with a 339 team total in the regional golf tourney.

PIPESTEM — For the fourth straight year, Chandler Beavers of Princeton Senior High School will tee up at the West Virginia state golf tournament — but next week, he’ll share the course with Spartans and Patriots instead of Princeton Tigers.

The favorites in the Class AAA southern region, the Greenbrier East Spartans, ran away with the best team score in Monday’s regional tournament at Pipestem Resort State Park.

The Spartans’ 314 was 21 strokes better than the second-place Patriots from George Washington of the Kanawha Valley. The top two teams from each region go to the state event at Speidel Golf Course near Wheeling.

Princeton was four shots back of George Washington with a 339 team total.

Beavers (81) was one of the four best individual scorers from other competing teams, who also qualify to play in the state tournament field. He will be joined by Derek Jordan of Capital (79) and Ross Workman (80) and Jarod Adkins (81) of Logan.

Nick Bent of Greenbrier East was the medalist of the day, carding a 76.

Princeton coach Pat Haye said Greenbrier East had four seniors on their roster.

“They were the most experienced team,” he said. “They were a senior-led team and it was expected, that they’d be the team to beat in the regional.

“We’ve enjoyed competing with those guys the last four years. And they’ll have a good shot at the state tournament, competing with the top-notch teams up there.”

He said Hurricane will be the favorite going into the tournament, next Tuesday and Wednesday, and that the Spartans “should be competitive with them.”

The Tigers had reached the state tournament in each of the last three years, but Haye said this fall’s squad was young.

“We had three freshmen in our top five,” he said. “In the regional we gained some experience for next year, and hopefully we’ll be in the running next year as well. ...

“You feel a little more pressure in this tournament to perform. Now we know how to handle that and we will deal with it better next year.”

He said the Princeton players have improved during the year. “I’m proud of the team and the season we’ve had, and I look forward to working with them next year,” he said.

“Chandler, if he plays to his potential, has chances to be the medalist at state tournament,” his coach said.

Woodrow Wilson, which has a new coach, did not field a team for the regionals.

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Team Scores

1, Greenbrier East 314. 2, George Washington 335. 3, Princeton 339. 4, Capital 345. 5, Logan 354. 6, South Charleston 372.

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Princeton Individual Top-4 Scores

Chandler Beavers 81, J.J. McPherson 86, Uriah Argyrakis 86, Jack Hickman 86.

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