"Ever since the school year started I've been spending a little more time on my calculus than I have on my golf," Persily said. "But, I'm taking care of that. Right now, I'm not where I was at the start of the State Amateur, but I'm getting there.
"I feel like time's running out. The State Tournament's my favorite thing of the year. To think of this as the last time ... I can still remember every shot I ever took at the State Tournament. It's crazy to think I'm getting to be an old man."
The Irish's roster is close after Casingal and Persily, with sophomore Nick Casingal - Christian's younger brother - Cameron Blakley, Allie Persily - Aaron's younger sister - Jackson Ellis and Peri Bailey.
ALL BUT ONE regional will be contested today, with the Class AAA Region 3 championships set for Tuesday at Berry Hills Country Club.
Teams competing at Berry Hills are defending regional champion George Washington, as well as Capital, Oak Hill, Princeton, Ripley, Riverside, Shady Spring, South Charleston and Woodrow Wilson.
IN OTHER regionals, University (2012 state champion) and Wheeling Park (2010, '11) - winners of the last three Class AAA state team titles - will battle in the Class AAA Region 1 championships at Parkersburg Country Club.
The Hawks return Colin Wirth and Cale Wheeler, a pair of 2012 All-State players who finished third and fourth respectively at last year's State Tournament. Wheeling Park, meanwhile, includes junior Cole Hand, the Class AAA medalist in 2012. Senior Thadd Obecny, individual Class AAA medalist in 2010 and 2011, isn't playing high school golf this season.
Included in Region 1 are Brooke, John Marshall, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Parkersburg South and Preston. The head golf pro at Parkersburg Country Club, Scott Davidson, will serve his first year as director of the state tournament this season, replacing Stonewall Resort pro Randy Hernly.
Although the Hawks and Patriots are the favored in Region 1, Parkersburg and Parkersburg South also are expected to contend to team honors. The region includes two of the state's better female golfers in Parkersburg's Lauryn Davidson - the daughter of Scott Davidson - and South's Adeena Shears.
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