By Carl Holcomb
The challenges of the state golf tournament at Oglebay Resort tested the nerves of Moorefield’s Zach Arbaugh on his first visit to Wheeling, but managed to finish with a total of 190.
The Speidel Golf Club designed by Trent Jones has majestic views with rolling fairways and strategically placed hazards which can spell trouble when things start to unravel.
During a trial run of the course on Monday, Arbaugh completed it with a card of 86 and a there was a mental note of the adjustments to make to improve the score.
There were two quartets at each hole for the state golf tournament action which commenced on Tuesday morning and the horn signified the start and the same for Wednesday.
Arbaugh began on the 18th hole on both days paired with Parkersburg’s Bryce Moore, Tyler Consolidated’s Noah Miller and Greenbrier West’s Thomas Vestal.
Arbaugh shot a 99 on the first day of competition, then shaved off eight strokes for a card of 91 on the second day in Wheeling.
Arbaugh’s total equaled Moorefield alum Austin Williams from his state tournament showing in 2014.
“The experience is one you will never forget,” Moorefield Golf junior Zach Arbaugh remarked.