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B-U’s Coffman finishes 22nd at state golf championships after taking ill on day two

WHEELING – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Evan Coffman finished in a tie for 22nd at the 2021 West Virginia High School golf championships that concluded on Wednesday at the Speidel Golf Club at Oglebay Resort.

Coffman shot an 87 on day one and carded a 92 on day two for a 179.

On day one, Coffman started strong on the back nine with four pars for a 40, but had a 47 on the front nine to finish with an 87.

“Coffman was in a good place going into the tournament, both mentally and physically,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jason Westfall. “We felt that he could do well after his practice rounds. The opening day he started on the more difficult back nine and made the turn tied for third overall at four over. He was driving the ball well and was positioning himself to score; however, he just couldn’t get the putter going the rest of the day. He had multiple near-misses and they started to add up.”

The second day saw Coffman, a bit under the weather, card a 43 on the front nine and a 49 on the back nine for a 92.

“He woke up on the second day fighting off being under the weather,” noted Westfall. “That was taxing on him, but to his credit he gutted it out. He was fighting with some of his irons and this left few chances for him to score. On his back nine, he was more aggressive than normal to try to gain some ground. He had to dig deep and compete which I felt he did. He is a class act and represented Buckhannon-Upshur at the highest level.”

Zan Hill of Woodrow Wilson won low medalist honors with a 154, shooting a 79 on day one and a 75 on day two.

He was followed by Cameron Jarvis of Cabell Midland who carded a 155 (78-77).

George Washington won the team title with a 485 while Cabell Midland was second with a 493.

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