McFarland takes Portsmouth Invitational


West’s Tieman finishes in third

Alex Hider

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Wheelersburg High School’s Mitchell McFarland took home the Portsmouth Invitational golf tournament for the third time in four years on Thursday, posting a two-under-par 70 over 18 holes at the Elks Country Club.

The tournament featured dozens of golfers from 15 schools in the southern Ohio region. Gallia Academy took home the team competition after shooting a combined score of 305, led by Dares Hamid with a 71. Portsmouth, who finished fifth with a total score of 344, finished with the best team score of all local participants. Trent Rodbell led the Trojans with a an 18-hole score of 85.

West’s Jordan Tieman placed third in the tournament with a an 18-hole score of 73.

McFarland, the three-time reigning SOC II player of the year, jumped out to a quick start with a 34 on the front nine and reached as low as five-under-par after 14 holes. However, he bogeyed three of the final four holes to finish his day out at two under.

Despite the late slump, McFarland still finished a stroke ahead of Gallia’s Dares Hamid.

“I’m happy that I won, but at the same time I would have liked to not finish like that,” McFarland said. “I can’t complain.”

Wheelersburg placed 13th in the team competition, posting a combined score of 401.

The win was McFarland’s second in as many days, as he and Tieman both shot a nine-hole 33 on Wednesday at Little Scioto Golf Course in four-team match.

“That was my first match of the year. It’s always good to get some momentum,” McFarland said.

McFarland hopes the back-to-back wins propel him to a succesful final season at Wheelersburg, one that he hopes will end with a state championship. However, before he worries about the postseason, McFarland must concentrate on a competitive SOC II schedule, where he will be challenged by talented golfers such as Tieman and Jake and Joe Henderson of Waverly.

“I want to see how far I can go in the state tournament…but right now, right now, I’m just keeping my mind on the next event,” he said.

Box Score

GALLIA ACADEMY (Team A) 305

Dares Hamid 71

Zach Graham 77

Marcus Moore 78

Taae Hamid 79

WEST UNION (Team A) 337

Craig Horton 83

Jacob Pell 84

Elijah McCarthy 85

Eli Fuller 85

LOGAN ELM 339

Dylan Smith 77

Seth Fallis 77

Cord Ebert 90

Evan Huffman 95

ZANE TRACE 341

Arnold Caleb74

Brian Chaney 85

Jeremy Brooks 89

Tanner Doles 93

PORTSMOUTH 344

Trent Rodbell 85

Jahmir King 85

Austin Jones 86

William Sturgill 88

WAVERLY 351

Eric Heffner 82

Jake Henderson 84

Isaiah Clifford 92

Hayden Johnson 93

PORTSMOUTH WEST 353

Jordan Tieman 73

Trenton Cole 86

Cody Finley 97

Marty Knittel 97

CHESAPEAKE 353

Derek Lemley 77

Austin Hutchison 81

Justin Black 90

Liam Thacker 105

GALLIA ACADEMY (Team B) 362

Jeremy Brumfield 85

Kaden Thomas 90

John Stouf 92

Miles Cornwell 95

ADENA 365

Trey Postage 89

Tyler Williams 90

Jeff Postage 92

Jacob Wolford 94

JACKSON 365

Jarred Lemaster 85

Evan Coyan 90

Ricky Fraley 93

John Bachtel 97

IRONTON 388

Chandler Dodson 90

Cory Rawlins 95

Mitchell Weisgarber 98

Mason Slagel 105

WHEELERSBURG 401

Mitchell McFarland 70*

Cole Dyer 105

Blake Deck 108

Carson McCorkle 118

CLAY 412

Wyatt Large 88

Hunter Mathias 105

Hunter Armstrong 109

Caleb Cline 110

RIVER VALLEY 413

Logan Sheets 77

Grant Gilmore 101

Cliff Chapman 114

Chance Gillman 121

WEST UNION (Team B) 430

Carson McFarland 106

Blake Mowen 107

Connor Campbell 107

Andrew Sapp 110

* — Match Medalist

Reach Alex Hider at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931 or on Twitter @PDTSportsWriter

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West’s Tieman finishes in third
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