Prep Golf Season Begins
The 2016 TCHS Knights Golf Team began the season with two 18-hole tournaments during the first week of August.
With the graduation of four seniors from last year’s team and the return of only three players who lettered, the Knights are in a rebuilding phase. Players include: Seniors – Justin Brinkmeier, Levi Hudson and Will Tallman; Juniors – Noah Miller, Julianna Miller and Cheyene Morris; Sophomores – Hunter Doak, Mack Gibbs, Preston Grimes, Haiden Placer, and Gage Potoczny; Freshmen – Anna Griffith and Gavin Morris.
After one day of practice on Aug. 1, eight players from the team traveled to North Bend Golf Course on Aug. 2 to participate in the LKC Scramble. The scramble is one of the favorite events of the season for the golfers, but for six of the eight players, it was the first time they had ever competed in a full 18-hole round. The “A” Team finished at two over par, while the “B” Team struggled to a tally of 27 over par. Roane and Wirt both carded rounds of 12 under par on the hot day to lead the field.
On Aug. 5, the team played in the Wirt Invitational at Mingo Bottom Golf Course near Elizabeth. Two juniors – Noah Miller and Cheyenne Morris – paced the Knights with rounds of 103 and 105, respectively. The other three players all were participating in their first ever 18-hole stroke play match on the hot, muggy day with early rain showers. Freshman Gavin Morris finished at 126, while fellow Freshman Anna Griffith had 137 and Sophomore Gage Potoczny ended the day at 141. Team scores were: Huntington St. Joseph – 332; Ripley – 367; Ravenswood – 368; Gilmer – 390; Wirt – 392; Parkersburg Catholic – 398; Roane B – 407; Clay – 417; Ritchie – 423; St. Marys – 445; Williamstown – 454; Wahama – 464, and Tyler – 471.
“In watching our players over the first two tournaments, Coach Tucker and I have been impressed with their willingness to improve, and the personal quality of the members of the team. This will be a great group of youngsters to work with! Even though many of them this week were competing in their first 18-hole match on extremely hot days, we have been able to see definite improvement in their shots already, “Coach Joe Griffin said.
Cheyenne Morris added, “Our 2016 team is looking decent, and our upcoming players seem to have a lot of potential. I have room for improvement, but I think that once our season is in full swing, I’ll be ready to shoot some low scores.”
Noah Miller is optimistic about the upcomin season.
“I have improved since last year at Mingo, but I know that I can do even better,”he said.
Gage Potoczany thought the Wirt Course was a little difficult, but overall, “I had a great time and met a lot of new people.”
Anna Griffith added,”I really like our team this year. We have a good group of players. It’s been really fun so far, even though it’s been hot! I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Gavin Morris said he is ready to play.
“As a freshman, I was a little nervous for my first high school matches. But after two tournaments and our practices, I am ready for the season!”
Tuesday, August 9 – St. Marys Invitational
Thursday, August 11 – Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course – 18 holes
Monday, August 15 – Home Match – vs. Magnolia, River, Parkersburg Catholic, Paden City – 4:15 p.m.