WHEELING, W.Va. -- Two rarities occurred on Tuesday at the State High School Golf Tournament, one which was more uncommon than the other.
Buffalo's Blaik Caplinger had a hole in one on the No. 11 hole.
"Drew (Patton) hit his shot and I sat on the tee, and thought, 'What if this goes in, I've been playing all right today.'
"Then, I just kind of pushed it out of my mind. I hit the shot, I hit it well ... right at it. It hit about 2 inches past and turned back in."
It was the first ace for Caplinger, a right-handed golfer but a left-handed pitcher in baseball. He used an 8-iron on the 198-yard hole while playing with Coleman Lamp of St. Marys, Philip Watson of Notre Dame and Gus Patterson of Greenbrier West.
"It was just one of those things, lucky," said Caplinger, who didn't begin playing golf until October, 2010. "When it first went it, it didn't register with me. Everybody started cheering, and about a second after that it kicked in, and everybody went crazy. Everybody was happy, I was happy."
Ritchie County junior Sydney Snodgrass had the more rare moment when her ball got stuck in a tree. She found it, and was able to identify it, so she was struck with a one-stroke penalty and didn't have to return to hit another ball.
"I thought it dropped," Snodgrass said. "It was still in the tree. I've seen it happen on TV and that, but I've never done that."
Snodgrass' 78 still was good enough to tie for the lead after the first day with Poca's Travis Covert.
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THE LEAD group in today's final round will begin on No. 1 and includes two Wheeling Park players (sophomore Cole Hand and junior Thadd Obecny) and two University players (junior Eric Wirth and sophomore Cale Wheeler).