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Knight golfers have busy week

By Staff | Sep 17, 2014

The coming of cool autumn temperatures means there are not many regularly scheduled golf dates left on the schedules of the high school varsity golf teams in West Virginia. The Silver Knight golfers were extremely busy last week, playing almost every night, and turning in some good scores along the way.

Tyler Consolidated’s golfer played at the Jones Course at Speidel on Sept. 8 against Steubenville Catholic and Linsly, with Catholic taking the overall team win scoring 168, Linsly scoring 169, and the Knights, 187.

Senior Nathan Kemp turned in a 41 for low man on the Consolidated team. Ty Pratt scored 45; Kaleb Tanley, 50; John Lancaster, 51; Cheyenne Morris, 57; Levi Hudson, 66; Josh Smith, 67; and Kellsi Anderson, 71.

“We improved on last year’s team score at the Jones Course by 43 strokes, so I was quite pleased with our play,” said head coach of the team, Joe Griffith. “Nathan Kemp and Ty Pratt both had solid scores. Kaleb Tanley was not happy with his round of 50, but for his first time there at Speidel, that’s not all that bad.”

On Sept. 9 at their home course, the Sistersville Country Club, the Knights came in just behind Magnolia in team scores, 179-181.

Kemp was the overall medalist on the day with a low score of 37. Tanley scored 43; Morris, 48; Pratt, 53; Lancaster, 56; Smith, 60; Karly Allen, 67; and Anderson turned in a 68.

“Nathan had a nice round to finish as medalist, even though he took an eight on Hole 3,” Griffith said. “Kaleb had a nice score in the low 40’s, but the rest of our scores were just a bit too high to pull out the win against Magnolia.”

Playing again at their home course on Sept. 10, where they again struggled a little.

Magnolia took the team win with a score of 172; Tyler Consolidated scored 189; and Paden City turned in an overall 210 on the day.

Individually for the Silver Knights, Kemp again led the way with a score of 42. Tanley totaled 46 on the course; Pratt, 48; Lancaster, 53; Morris, 53; Smith, 63; Allen, 67; and Anderson, 67.

Dezirae Middleton led the Wildcat troupe with a low on the day of 51. Jacob Pierce carded a 53; Kennedy Cain, 53; Aaron Heasley, 53; and Michael Wilcox, 56.

“We don’t often have two nights in a row at our home course,” the coach said. “But the Tuesday match was a makeup with Magnolia for a previous match that had been rained out after about seven holes. Our scores were eight strokes higher on Wednesday, while Magnolia dropped seven strokes.”

Continuing with their busy week, the Silver Knight golfers traveled to the Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling on Sept. 11 to compete in the OVAC “AAA” Tournament. Up against some very good teams and golfers, Tyler Consolidated fared well.

Linsly came out as the top team in the competition with an overall score of 292. Magnolia finished with a 319; Buckeye Trail had 337; River, 339; Tyler, 361; Fort Frye, 395; and Barnesville, 446.

Kemp totaled his 41/42 for an overall 83 at the tourney. Pratt had 45/41 for an 86; Lancaster, 48/47, 95; Tanley, 53/44, 97; and Morris scored 49/50 for an overall 99.

“This was our busiest week of the year, with four matches in a row,” said the coach. “We lowered our score from the OVAC last year by eight strokes, and for the first time in at least the past 10 seasons, all five of our players finished under 100. It rained much of the morning, but it was light rain and didn’t affect the players all that much. Magnolia did well, but it’s tough for any team to beat Linsly on their home course. They had four of the five players on the all-tournament team, along with Magnolia sophomore Peyton Moore.”

“Although my scores Tuesday and Wednesday weren’t great, I managed to pull it together for the OVAC and had a decent round,” said Pratt of his OVAC performance.

Still learning the game, Cheyenne Morris said, “I had never played the back at Crispin, but still was able to shoot a 50, so I was happy with that. My 49 on the front helped me to realize that playing courses like Crispin gives me some good experience on hills.”

The golf teams’ record stands at 24-33 on the year. This week the team played on Tuesday at the Golf Club of West Virginia.

While the Tyler Consolidated Middle School golf team did not have any scheduled matches last week, they hosted their first ever home middle school match at Sistersville Country Club on Monday. The team played host to Pleasants County Middle School and Wheeling Middle School.

The team record stands at 1-1 thus far in the season.