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SAINT MARYS — The TCHS Golf Team continued its drive to the hole this past week. Noah Miller, a junior, was named to the All-Tournament Team after his round at the St. Marys Invitational. The team also tackled the heat on the hills of Oglebay Park’s C

By Staff | Aug 17, 2016

SAINT MARYS – The TCHS Golf Team continued its drive to the hole this past week.

Noah Miller, a junior, was named to the All-Tournament Team after his round at the St. Marys Invitational. The team also tackled the heat on the hills of Oglebay Park’s Crispin Golf Course.

On Aug. 9, the Knights competed in the St. Marys Invitational Tournament and picked up two more wins on the season.

Miller paced the Silver and Black with a round of 78 on the par 64 course. That tied him for ninth place individually, and earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He was backed up by fellow junior, Cheyenne Morris. She had a nice finish of 85. Other Knight scores on the day included freshman Anna Griffith with 108, sophomore Mack Gibbs with 109 and freshman Gavin Morris with 117.

Team scores were: Roane A – 286; Parkersburg Catholic – 328; Wirt – 331; Magnolia – 335; Ritchie – 361; St. Marys – 373; Tyler – 380; Williamstown – 387; Clay – 391; Roane B – 394. Medalist was Caleb Moore of Roane, with a round of four over par, 66.

“It was another hot day to be out there!” TCHS Coach Joe Griffin said. “At least the St. Marys course is flat and has a good number of trees to provide shade for the players. We emphasized to them that they needed to stay hydrated, since they are out in the heat for six or more hours for an 18-hole round. I was very pleased with the way Noah Miller played. He works a lot to improve his game.”

After playing a top flight round and enduring the hot and humid conditions, Miller said, “I played well, but there are some things I still need to improve on, such as my drives and iron play.”

Morris added, “I was rather pleased with the 39 I shot on the front nine, compared to having 48 last year. But getting a 46 on the second nine was not so good. Even so, an 85 is an 11-shot improvement over my total last year. I would still like to have my score down where the majority of other top players are.”

Andrew Griffin said, “I really enjoyed the match. It was fun and tiring at the same time! But it was really worth it because I was able to drop my overall score by 29 strokes from last Thursday’s round. And I got my first par in a high school match! I was pleased with my finish of 108.”

Mack Gibbs said, ” I played OK, but I kept topping the ball and slicing.”

And Gavin Morris said he had a bad day but he would try to shake it off and move on.

The team played an 18-hole match on the hills of Crispin, location of the OVAC Tournament on Sept.15.

Team scores – Parkersburg South – 312; John Marshall – 334; Tyler – 423; Oak Glen – only three players.

Individual scores for Tyler – Noah Miller – 87; Cheyenne Morris – 96; Mack Gibbs – 117; Gage Potoczny – 123; Justin Brinkmeier – 133; Will Tallman – 156

“Crispin is nothing but hills! If you want to work on your shots from uphill or downhill or sidehill lies, then Crispin is the place to play,” Coach Griffin said.

And it was another 90+ degree day.

“For first-year seniors – Justin Brinkmeier and Will Tallman – it was quite a challenge of their skills. But our players stayed with it and gained a lot of experience on a course that we will revisit in September for the OVAC Tournament,” Coach Joe Griffin said.

Justin Brinkmeier added, “It was a very fun course, but very tiring.”

“I met new people and had a great time,” he said.

Will Tallman said he had fun playing the course, but that he got tired fast and started to play worse.

According to Gage Potoczny, “the Crispin course was very challenging, but overall he played OK and had a good time.”

On Monday, the Silver Knights set their sites on Magnolia, River, Parkersburg Catholic and Paden City. More about that match will appear in next week’s paper.

Upcoming Matches:

Thursday, Aug. 18 – Away – Riverside – Magnolia, Bishop Donahue, Union Local, St. Johns

Monday, Aug. 22 – Home – Magnolia, John Marshall, Williamstown and Paden City