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Silver Knight golfers prepare for OVAC tourney

By Staff | Sep 10, 2014

John Lancaster

Scores are down and golf games are looking up for the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight golfers at this point of the season. The Knights stand with a season record of 21-25 at this point, with several more matches yet to play.

On Sept. 3 the team hosted Paden City and Roane County at the Sistersville Country Club for a tri-match. The Knights were able to secure the win with a low overall score of 185. Paden City’s team scored 197; and Roane came in with a 216. Individually for Consolidated, senior Nathan Kemp earned overall medalist honors with a low card of 41. Kaleb Tanley shot a 43 on the day; John Lancaster, 49; Ty Pratt, 52; Cheyenne Morris, 53; Josh Smith, 64; Kellsi Anderson, 64; and Karly Allen, 67.

For Paden City, Michael Wilcox was low man with a score of 46. Dean Frye scored 49; Dezirae Middleton, 50; Levi Meadows, 51; Jake Pierce, 52; Kennedy Cain, 52; and Aaron Heasley, 52.

“We were glad to pick up two wins in this match,” said Knight Head Coach Joe Griffith. “Nathan Kemp led the way and he came out as the medalist once again. Kaleb Tanley also had a nice round of 43. The humidity and temperatures were both high, but we stress to the players that they need to stay hydrated throughout their rounds.

“I should have been in the 30’s,” Kemp said. “But I had two bogies. I am hoping to do well in the OVAC Tournament on Sept. 11.”

This week the Knights traveled to Speidel Jones Course on Monday to face off with Linsly; at Tuesday they were scheduled to make-up a home match with Magnolia but results were not available by press time; Wednesday will find the team at home again, hosting Paden City, Magnolia, and John Marshall; and on Thursday, they will participate in the OVAC “AAA” Tournament at the Crispin Course.

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Middle School golf

On Sept. 4 the Tyler Consolidated Middle School golf team played their second match since the conception of the team, traveling to the St. Marys Golf Course. In this outing, the young Knights felt the sting of the loss to Pleasants County Middle School, 226-230.

Individual scores for the Knights saw Haiden Placer take the low score of the day with a 53; Anna Griffith scored 57; Jackson Kibbey, 60; Gavin Morris, 60; Gage Potoczny, 61; Mack Gibbs, 64; Preston Grimes, 64; and Hunter Doak, 64.

“We were hoping to stay undefeated on the season, but it didn’t work out that way,” said coach Griffith. “Haiden Placer had a nice round, dropping three strokes from his score last week. Anna Griffith hit some very nice drives off the tee, and that helped her lower her score by seven strokes. Jackson Kibbey had an off night, but he’s a good golfer and will bring his score back down in the next match, I am sure. Gavin Morris carded the same score as last week, 60. Gage Potoczny lowered his score by three strokes, while Mack Gibbs, Preston Grimes, and Hunter Doak all topped out at 64 for their rounds.

“It was the first match for Grimes and Doak, as they have just recently joined the team, bringing our total to eight middle school golfers. I am very pleased with the turnout and what that will mean for our high school team in future years.”

The middle school record thus far in the season is 1-1. The team is scheduled to play their next match at the Sistersville Country Club on Sept. 15 against the Pleasants County Middle School team.