Tyler Consolidated's varsity golf team has now hit mid season with a record of 13-22 and are working on lowering their scores in time for post-season play. The team participated in two matches last week, with two players earning medalist honors along the way.
At their home course, the Sistersville Country Club, on Sept. 7, the Knights competed against teams from St. Marys, John Marshall and Paden City.
The St. Marys team came out as the overall winner with a team score of 172, followed by Consolidated with 178; John Marshall, 228 and Paden City, 245.
Knight Corey Wells was the overall medalist in the match with a score of 37. Dalton Wells turned in a score of 43 for the home team, followed by Swayde Carpenter with a 45; Blake Carpenter, 53; Dylan Tippins, 54; Mitchell Higgins, 57; Luke Carpenter, 58; and John Lancaster, 58.
"Corey Wells had a nice round of three over par, and on our home course, and he's certainly capable of doing even better than that by the end of the season,"said head coach Joe Griffith.
"Dalton and Swayde struggled a bit, but Blake Carpenter came through with his best round of the season to help out our team score. John Lancaster is trying to keep his score in the mid-50s as a beginning golfer."
At Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling on Sept. 8, the Knights had a good day on the links, placing second overall to Linsly. The Cadets won the match with a team score of 165, followed by Consolidated with 173 and Bishop Donahue with a score of 183.
Dalton Wells turned in an even par round of 36 to take overall medalist honors. Corey Wells was two over par, with a 38; Swayde Carpenter, 44; Dylan Tippins, 55; Mitchell Higgins, 59; and Luke Carpenter, 65.
"I finally achieved one of my goals this year," said Dalton Wells. "Shooting even par in a round of golf. I am really pleased with how I have been playing lately, but a lot of support has come from my team mates."
"I've continued to play well this week, and medaled at the home match," Corey Wells said. "I am hoping to continue playing well next week."
"Dalton Wells had a great round on a course he had not seen before, finishing at even par," the coach said. "With three birdies, it could have been even better. That's the first even par round that a player on our team has had in several years."
"Corey Wells was only two strokes behind that, so their games seem to be coming together for them here toward the end of the season when we head into conference tournaments."
"Swayde has the capability to shoot scores in the upper 30's, but he just hasn't been able to put together a solid round in the past week or so. That will hopefully improve in the near future. Dylan Tippins has been steadily lowering his scores after a late start with the team, so that helped with our fourth place in this match. Mitchell Higgins and Luke Carpenter have been up and down in their scores for the week."
The team traveled to North Bend on Monday and will play at home on Wednesday. Thursday begins OVAC play at Crispin.