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Prep golf: Roane County ready to raid Class AA again

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Roane County High School 15-year-old Cam Moore thought it was pretty special spending Thursday at the Greenbrier resort.

He sat quietly on the porch at the Greenbrier Golf Club, watching the awards ceremony - a place he wouldn't be if he didn't make the cut in his first Amateur appearance.

The rising sophomore had his worst day in the final round, shooting an 80 on the Old White TPC, but that didn't take away what was an eye-opening experience.

"I did a lot better this year than I did last year," said Moore, who takes lessons from Josh Bower and whose home course is the nine-hole Roane County Golf Club in Reedy. "Last year I missed making the Open by two or three strokes and didn't even try for the Amateur because of another tournament. This year I made the cut at the Open and qualifying and making the cut here is awesome."

Moore is a sophomore on a Roane County golf team that won the Class AA championship last October. Class AA medalist Alston Spears, then a junior, spearheaded the charge for the Raiders, who trailed Poca by three strokes after the first round before winning by three.

He, Cole Moore - Cam's twin through in vitro fertilization - as well as 14-year-old brother Caleb Moore, and rising senior Hunter Simmons, will make life difficult for other Class AA teams this season.

They'll continue their quest for a second consecutive championship today at the largest championship in the Callaway Junior Tour High School Series - the Parkersburg Country Club Invitational.

The second in the four-tournament series sets up a staunch test for Roane. The field includes the top squads of West Virginia Class AAA teams Bridgeport, Huntington, Logan, Morgantown, Parkersburg, University, Wheeling Park and Winfield. Wheeling Park's Cole Hand was the 2012 Class AAA medalist as a sophomore.

Also competing are Bridgeport, 2012 defending Class A medalist Cory Hoshor and Buffalo, two-time defending Class A champion Charleston Catholic, Class AA team runner-up Poca, as well as Belpre (Ohio), Magnolia, Warren (Ohio) A and B teams, Lewis County, Linsly, Marietta (Ohio), Morgantown, North Marion, Parkersburg Catholic, Parkersburg, Parkersburg South B, 2010 and 2011 Class AA champion Ritchie County, East Fairmont, Waterford (Ohio), 2012 Class AAA champion University, Westside, Wheeling Park B, Williamstown and Wirt County.

Roane County fell short in the first event of the Series, losing to Scott's first team by one stroke on Friday. The tournament formats feature play-four, take-three low scores. The Skyhawks had just three players, but all of them - Sterling Chafin (73), Aaron Grant (75) and Evan Butcher (75) - shot sub-80 scores.

The Raiders had four players, but Spears withdrew and Cam Moore was unable to play because of being short of the required 14 practices.

Roane County is scheduled to compete in every Series event, including the Ohio Valley Invitational in Wellsburg, which helps in more than experience.

"You don't get that competition anywhere," Moore said. "Not unless you go five hours away to some other place. Our coach (Jim Kendall) does a good job of getting us good matches," Moore said.

The experience is helpful, Moore said, but it helps to not be overconfident.

That's not a concern for the Raiders' sophomore, despite coming off four days at the State Amateur and entering a high school season that is short of the competition he sees during the West Virginia Golf Association's major events - the Open and Amateur.

"Last year we thought there was no way anybody could beat us," Cam Moore said. "We were losing by three after the first day and we all went down in the main room in (Wilson Lodge) and had a good, long talk about a half-hour. The next day and we ended up beating them by three strokes for the whole thing."

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at or 304-348-4837.



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