Golf teams to finish ‘14 season
West Virginia High School golf teams are looking at the end of the season coming quickly upon them in the next couple of weeks. Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School will play one of their last matches this Wednesday at the Sistersville Country Club.
On Sept. 16 the Knight golfers played at the par 36 Golf Club of West Virginia, falling behind Williamstown in the team, scoring 166-195, and just ahead of Wirt County who scored 217.
For the Consolidated golfers, senior Nathan Kemp turned in a score of 43 on the day; Kaleb Tanley scored 49; Cheyenne Morris, 51; John Lancaster, 52; Ty Pratt, 58; Levi Hudson, 59; Josh Smith, 63; and Kellsi Anderson, scored 70 at the match.
“We improved on last year’s team score at GCWV by 15 strokes, but our total of 195 was still high for the golfers we have this year,” said Head Coach Joe Griffith. “When we go to a course with hills and water, it is always a challenge for our players, who are used to the flat courses along the river. But it’s very good experience for their game.”
The Silver Knights played at the LKC Tournament at Mingo Bottom in Wirt County on Monday and were scheduled to play at the Williams Country Club in Weirton on Tuesday.
“Williams is a beautiful course and was scheduled to be the site for our regionals, but that has been moved to Moundsville CC on Sept. 29,” Griffith said. “We finish the regular season on Wednesday with a home match against Paden City and Magnolia. It’s our annual Parents’ Night match followed by a covered dish dinner.”
Seniors on the team, playing in the last season as high school golfers, each commented on the weeks’ play.
“At the Golf Club of WV, I had a great time,” said Kemp. “I didn’t do so well, but it was a fun round.”
John Lancaster said, “I am continuing to improve significantly this year; however, I am a little disappointed that my high school golf career is almost over. I hope to end the season strong with some low scores.”
The Silver Knight season record now stands at 25-34.
Hosting their first ever match at home at the Sistersville Country Club last week, the Tyler Consolidated Middle School golf team matched up with Ohio County and Pleasants County Middle Schools. In the overall outcome, Ohio County took the overall win with 163 team points; Consolidated scored 240; and Pleasants County had 246.
Individually for the home team, Gavin Morris shot a 55; Haiden Placer, 57; Jackson Kibbey, 63; Anna Griffith, 65; Mack Gibbs, 65; and Preston Grimes turned in a 65 on the day.
“This was our first ever home match for the middle school, and we squeaked out a win against Pleasants County,” said coach Griffith. “I wasn’t sure how we would do, since the players have not played a full nine holes during any of our practices so far this year. We play the middle school matches from the Gold Tees, which is where the Senior Men normally play. So the course is still a par 34, but it is a little shorter than playing from back at the White Tees like the high school team. We also limit their scores on each hole to double par, so that we can move play along more quickly. Even with that, one group was not able to finish all nine holes before darkness set it. As they get a little more experience with playing in a match, their speed of play should improve.”
“Two of our players-Gavin Morris and Haiden Placer-had good rounds, finishing in the 50’s. The others are improving, evidenced by the fewer number of times they reach double par on a hole.
“Ohio County had the medalist for the match, with Ryan Payne shooting even par, 34. That’s impressive for an 8th grader, I must say, especially after he took a double bogey on his first hole,” said Griffin. “It’s also nice to know that at least one school up the river has a middle school team that we can schedule matches with in future years. They play their matches at Wheeling Park, which is a short course that is just perfect for beginning golfers.”
The Middle School Knights stand with a 2-2 record at this point in the season with their next match coming up on Sept. 25 at home when they host Pleasants County.