CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Secondary School Activities Commission found the logical replacement to run the state high school golf tournament upon the unexpected passing of Larry Martin on Feb. 24, 2012.
Now, they're looking for another.
After one year of manning the first prep championships of the 2013 school year, Randy Hernly was forced to step down because of more responsibility at Stonewall Resort.
Enter Parkersburg Country Club Professional Scott Davidson, who will take over the duties as State Tournament director.
West Virginia Golf Association Director of Operations Brad Ullman said no matter whom it is he can see progress with youth golf in the state, although there is a way to go.
Some of the issues that arise during the State Tournament are lack of knowledge of the rules.
"The rules become very important at the regionals and state championship," he said, noting that they might not be adhered to as much during dual matches, which is a lost opportunity to teach. "The improvement would be to increase their knowledge."
Several years ago, the SSAC instituted a mandatory rules clinic for coaches, another good move, Ullman said.
Golf isn't a high-profile sport, which can often lead to less knowledgeable leaders guiding the program.