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PC golfers finish ‘09 season play

By Staff | Oct 1, 2009

Paden City High School’s varsity golfers have completed regular season play and participated in the class A Regional Tournament on Monday. Last week, the Wildcat linksters finished their season with two matches at the Sistersville Country Club.

On Sept. 16 the ‘Cats played against Ritchie County, Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated. The Rebels of Ritchie County took the match with a team score of 149. Williamstown’s Yellow Jackets placed second with 156; followed by the Silver Knights, 180 and the Wildcats with 216.

Low man for Paden City was Zach Yost with a score of 51 on the day. Braxton Herrick scored 52; Doug Sheperd turned in a 54; Sabrina Midcap, 59; Ethan Drain, 60 and Drew Bidwell, 65.

It was Parent’s Night on Sept. 22 at the Sistersville Country Club, when parents of team members and fans were invited to support their home teams. Magnolia, Tyler Consolidated and Paden City each welcomed fans and parents alike for the match of the day, and then enjoyed dinner together afterwards.

“It was really nice,” said head coach of the Wildcat golfers, Ryan Thoburn. “We had a lot of parents show up and that was good for the kids. We really appreciated it.”

Magnolia wound up with the win on the day with a team score of 171. Tyler Consolidated scored 180 and Paden City’s team totaled 220.

“Our scores were a little higher than the week before, but that happens,” said the coach. “It depends on how each individual is golfing that day.”

Yost lowered his score from the previous game, and again led the Green and White with a score of 50. Drain placed second with 55; Herrick scored 57; Bidwell had 58; Sheperd turned in a 60; and Midcap had a 66 for the match.

“Our averages have gone down this year, which shows improvement,” Thoburn said.

“I’m really pleased with the way the team has worked to get better as the season went on.”

A high school golfer himself very recently, coach Thoburn said he thought it would be difficult to get his team to take him seriously when the year first began. “I expected some goofiness,” he said.

“But I was actually surprised to find them willing to learn and work hard to lower their scores. They listen, they take advice well, and because of that, I think we’ve had a pretty decent year.”

The Wildcat golfers took part in the class A Region I Golf Tournament on Monday at the Green Hills Country Club in Ravenswood. Results of this match as well as the wrap-up of the season will be in next week’s Tyler Star News.