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WHEELING – As a young boy, Justin Doerr would accompany his father on some golf outings, but he didn’t really take the game seriously.

However, then his freshman season at Wheeling Central ended and he decided to leave for the team.

An individual state and OVAC championship later, and multiple team championships, including the 2022 West Virginia Class A state title, Doerr has gotten a little more serious and passionate about the game.

So much so that he recently signed a national letter of intent to continue his golf and academic career at West Liberty University in the fall of 2023.

“When I played with my dad I really enjoyed it and did decently, but I really didn’t play a lot of tournaments or anything.” said Dorr. “It was my freshman year when I decided to really start with it.”

The work has paid off, but Doerr also realizes that the work in that sense is just beginning as he prepares for what lies ahead at the Division II level.

“I try to play once or twice a day and I spend a lot more time practicing and not just doing rounds.” said Dorr. “I’ve really been spending a lot of time on my chipping and putting and that has made a huge difference in my results this past season.”

Doerr has been absolutely brilliant for the Maroon Knights this season. He finished with an 18-hole average of 72.2. He used a strong second round to win the state championship. He was All-OVAC and also won the regional title. He was the co-captain of the All Valley team.

“My high school career was the best four years of my life” said Dorr. “It was just great to be able to play with these guys (at Central) and have the success that we’ve had as a team. I will definitely miss it.”

As for visiting West Liberty, Doerr was impressed with everything about the school and Thadd Obecny’s program.

“I’m just looking forward to being up there and playing,” said Dorr. “I liked the school and the program. There are a lot of really good people and players on the team. It’s also nice to be closer to home.”

Of course, where he fits into the Hilltoppers lineup is yet to be determined.

“Where They Need Me” said Dorr. “I’ll keep working, getting stronger and trying to be more consistent. I just want to try to do my best at all stages.”

Justin, who wants to study financial planning, is the son of Joe and Danielle Doerr.

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