Poca leads Class AA after shooting 246 as a team. The Dots, led by individual tournament co-leader Travis Covert's 78, hold a three-stroke advantage over Roane County with Grafton (254), Fairmont Senior (257), Scott (260), Westside (278) and Lincoln (296) rounding out the field.
Roane County's Sydney Snodgrass and Bluefield's Evan Smith tied with Covert for the individual lead, but that could change on the tournament's second day. The top of the Class AA leader board is crowded with 10 golfers within five strokes of the three co-leaders.
Two-time defending Class AAA individual champion Thadd Obecny from Wheeling Park trails teammate Cole Hand, who shot a first-round 72, by a single stroke. Winfield's Chris Williams is tied for third place with Eric Wirth and Cale Wheeler, both from University, with a 74 while George Washington's Will Evans sits in a fifth-place tie with Cabell Midland's Jacob Beahrs at 75.
Williams said despite a solid score and only trailing the lead by two strokes, he feels like he could have played better golf in the first round.
"My short game around the greens and putting was off," he said. "I think I left four or five shots out there. I hit the ball really well but I made a couple of stupid shots. It's a positive that I didn't play my best and still shot a 74, so if I have a good day [today] I should be under par and have a chance to win."
University leads the team scoring in Class AAA with a 225. Wheeling Park, Class AAA champions each of the last two years and runner-up the two before that, shot a 229 and is in position to make another run at a championship today. Cabell Midland (235), George Washington (238), Washington (243), Huntington (248), Shady Spring (250) and Elkins (260) round out the Class AAA field after the first day.
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