CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It was easy for Sissonville High School's Taylor Schmeck to get lost in the mix at Monday's Class AA Region 4 Golf Championships at Big Bend Golf Course.
Poca and Scott owned the day by qualifying for the State Tournament and a playoff decided one of the two individual spots in the state championships Oct. 8-9 in Wheeling.
All Schmeck had to do was quietly check his score and go home.
Under ideal conditions for 18 holes of golf, it turned out to be a pretty good day for the senior, who is the first Sissonville golfer to qualify for the State Tournament since Matt Sisson in 2007.
"I tried to keep the ball in play and tried my best to keep my score at four or five over," said Schmeck, who avoided the big numbers with only one double bogey, five bogeys and a birdie. "I had a number in mind. I didn't have to play in the playoff. That was the good part."
That honor went to Nicholas County's Drew Ward and Chapmanville's Jake Workman, who went to No. 9 for a sudden death playoff. Workman had a par, while Ward - who earned All-State last season with a 163 at the State Tournament - had a bogey. Workman will make his second appearance at states after qualifying with his team in 2011 and shooting a 177.
Poca made it four consecutive years at the State Tournament, while Scott will make its second straight appearance at the 36-hole championship at Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course in Wheeling. The Dots finished as state runners-up the last three years.
As for Schmeck, he qualified in a strong field that featured the second (Poca) and fourth-place team (Scott) from 2012 as well as Nicholas County's Ward. He credited his short game for Monday's success.
"I had a bunch of chip and putt fours," said Schmeck, who had nine fours, a pair of sixes and four fives. "I got up and down a bunch with some nice pitch shots into the green."
As for the Dots and Skyhawks, they lived up to expectations, although it was sophomore Alex Hamrick who stole the show for Poca. The sophomore will play in his second State Tournament, but a 23-over 165 spoiled his visit one year after his brother George won Class AA medal honors with a second-round 2-under 69.