University put the pressure on after defeating Wheeling Park in the Region 1 championship. The Hawks' Eric Wirth (74) and Cale Wheeler (74) are tied for third and their No. 1 - Trent McPherson - shot a 77.
It matters to Wheeler that the Hawks close out the championship.
"The regional didn't matter as much to me because I knew we just had to finish in the top two," said Wheeler, who played in the State Amateur for the first time this past summer. "To beat them here, everybody has to play well because you know they'll play well because they play here everyday.
"If me and Eric stay where we are and Trent comes in low, I'm positive we'll win. I wish our lead was bigger, but any kind of lead on Park makes it that much better, because I don't like them. Teach them a lesson."
Cabell Midland is third, 10 strokes behind, while George Washington is 13 strokes behind with a 238.
The lead group in today's final round will feature Wheeling Park teammates Hand and Obecny and University teammates Wirth and Wheeler.
Only four strokes separate the eight players in the two groups teeing off on No. 1 today. Winfield's Chris Williams shot a 74 to tie for third after the first day, while George Washington's Will Evans shot a 75. They'll be joined by Cabell Midland's Jacob Beahrs and Oak Hill's Craig Buchanan beginning on the second hole in the shotgun format.
Poca received a 78 from junior Travis Covert, who shares the lead with Ritchie County's Sydney Snodgrass and Bluefield's Evan Smith. Those are the only three players with sub-80 scores, but it's Covert's that propelled Poca to the lead.
"I'll have to play a little bit smarter, especially on the back nine because you have to hit the ball on the right tiers on these greens and I didn't and had some tough putts and tough up and downs," Covert said.
Roane County sits in second place in Class AA with a 249, while Grafton is third at 254 and Fairmont Senior is fourth with a 257. Scott is fifth with a 260.
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