Despite Charleston Catholic's five team titles since 1999, the Irish have never repeated as champions and have finished in second place five times (2000, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2010). If that streak is to stop this week, Gillispie said Casignal, Aaron Persily and the rest of the Irish will have to continue to play as well as they have leading in to this tournament.
"The main thing for [Casignal] and Aaron is they're both very consistent about hitting fairways and greens in regulation," Gillispie said. "Those two things are the biggest - the ability to keep the ball in play and keep the big number out of play."
Class AAA also features a competitive field with two-time defending champion Wheeling Park leading the way.
The Patriots have three-time individual state champion Thadd Obecny looking to become a four-time champion, but Obecney could receive a challenge from several players. George Washington's Austin Florence fired a 70 in the regional tournament with teammates Will Evans and Kris Webster each shooting 71. Other than Obecney, Oak Hill's Randel Rosiek (who shot a 64 at regionals) and the trio from GW, no Class AAA golfer shot lower than a 75 in regionals.
The team side of the competition features both Patriots teams - Wheeling Park and GW - in addition to University, Washington, Elkins, Cabell Midland, Huntington and Shady Spring.
The Class AA field is comprised of Roane County, Grafton, Fairmont Senior, Lincoln, Westside, Scott, Wyoming East and Poca. The Dots, runners-up a year ago, feature the only team to have all four members shoot below 80 in the regional tournament, but they lost 2011 individual champion George Hamrick to graduation.