CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Catholic High School golf team is starting to make it look easy, shooting its lowest regional score in the 10 seasons with Bill Gillispie as coach in the Class A Region 4 Championships at Big Bend Golf Course on Monday.
The Irish, behind 2011 Class A individual state champion Christian Casingal, shot a 219 with three scores under 77 to finish ahead of rival Buffalo by eight strokes to win the regional title for the 13th consecutive year.
"That's the lowest score of any of my teams in the regional," Gillispie said. "When you play four and you keep three, you can go 70, 73 like us, or 70, 71, your third can even be high 70s."
Catholic and Buffalo qualify for the State Tournament Oct. 8-9 at Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course in Wheeling. Williamstown's Kody Rhyne qualified for the first time, while Parkersburg Catholic's Ben Collie earned a spot for the first time since 2010 - his freshman season.
"I probably left like four shots out there," said Casingal, a junior who won the individual state title by three strokes over teammate Aaron Persily in 2011, and finished two strokes behind state champion Cory Hoshor of Buffalo last year.
Casingal was the only Class A participant to shoot under par on Monday, while Persily - Catholic's only senior - shot a 73, and Cameron Blakley and younger brother Nick Casingal each shot a 76.
Buffalo wasn't far behind on the strength of Hoshor's 71, a score spoiled by his only double bogey - a six on No. 9.
Christian Casingal and Hoshor are among the favorites at the State Tournament as both, Casingal a junior and Hoshor a senior, seek their second state titles.
"I like playing with Christian, because when we play against each other we usually play well," Hoshor said. "Of course, you want to win every tournament you play in. Our team has a chance at runner-up, or maybe possibly winning. You want to play well for yourself and your team."