Golfers finding their niche
At the Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay Park on Aug. 27, the Silver Knights showed their mettle, taking the team win as well as having one player scoring low enough to bring home medalist honors.
The Knights scored 183 to win over John Marshall, 203 and Clay-Battelle, 204. Senior Nathan Kemp turned in a score of 42 to take medalist of the match.
Also scoring for the Silver were Ty Pratt with 44; Adam Cooper, 47; Kyle Eastham, 50; Sean Camerlin, 51; Kaleb Tanley, 53; and John Lancaster, 54.
“We had a good day at Crispin, picking up two wins over JM and Clay-Battelle,” said head coach of the Consolidated team, Joe Griffith. “But even more important than the wins was the experience that the players got by playing on the hills of Crispin. They had to hit shots that they can’t normally get on a flat course like Sistersville.”
“We played a nine-hole match on the front, then the team played most of the holes on the backside so they will be familiar with them when we return there for the OVAC tournament on Sept. 12.”
“Medalist for the match was Nate Kemp, who has really worked to improve his game over the summer. I am proud of him for having the low score on the day.”
The Consolidated team returned to their home course, the Sistersville Country Club, on Aug. 28, not turning in as good an effort as expected. The St. Marys team placed first overall in the team standings with 157 points, followed by Williamstown with 160; Ritchie, 163; Wheeling Central, 166; Tyler Consolidated, 210; and Paden City, 236.
Kemp led the Knight team with 50 points; Pratt scored 53; Eastham, 53; Camerlin, 54; Lancaster, 57; and Cooper, 58.
Scoring for the Paden City team were Aaron Heasley, 57; Jake Pierce, 59; Dean Frye, 59; Kennedy Cain, 61; Deziree Middleton, 62; and Kalob Byers, 64.
The junior varsity players had a chance to see action as well with the Knights Kellsi Anderson scoring 62; Isaac Michael, 66; Alex VanCamp, 67 and Levi Hudson, 68. Individual junior varsity scores for the Paden City players were: Logan Crawford, 61; Kobe Wade, 66; and Travis Leonard, 67.
The Knight golfers hit the road for the long trip to the Roane County Golf Club on Aug. 29, placing fifth overall in the team standings. The Roane County Silver team took first in the standings with 150 team points; Roane County Black had 168; Ravenswood scored 203; Ripley had 209 and Tyler Consolidated scored 229 on the day.
Kemp again led the Silver with a score of 47; Camerlin turned in a 57; Pratt, 61; and Eastham scored 64.
“None of our players had ever seen the course (Roane), which features several blind shots,” Griffith said. “The fairways were a bit high and most were wet, so playing conditions were not ideal and this was reflected in the players’ scores.”
“Nate Kemp was low man for our team for the third match of the week with his round of 11 over. Camerlin, Pratt and Eastham struggled on the day, but they are better players than their scores indicated and I look for them to rebound during next week’s matches.”
“It was a good experience for the players to tackle a course they had never seen before and even to learn how to manage the blind shots. Although the Roane course might be considered to be a bit rough compared to some of the nicer courses we play, it is interesting to note that Roane is the defending class AA state golf champions. So, even on a course like that, players can really learn a lot about playing golf.”
The Knight golfers will play at home on Wednesday and travel to the Golf Club of WV on Thursday for a match.