High School golfers end season at Sistersville CC
The 2014 regular season came to an end last week for local high school golfers who headed into Regional play on Monday in hopes of advancing to state tournament play.
Last week, the golf teams at Tyler Consolidated and Paden City played their last matches before the Regional began.
The Knights traveled to Mingo Bottom on Sept. 22 to take part in the tournament there, returning home with an overall eighth place finish. The Roane County team dominated the course to finish first with a team score of 322, followed by St. Marys with 325; Ritchie, 331; Gilmer, 358; Ravenswood, 369; Webster, 374; Williamstown, 406, Tyler Consolidated, 411; Braxton, 431; Wirt, 432; and Clay County 508.
Senior Nathan Kemp led the way for the Silver with a score of 85 on the day. Ty Pratt scored 106; Kaleb Tanley, 107; John Lancaster, 113; and Cheyenne Morris had a score of 115.
“Nathan Kemp just missed out of being named to the all-tournament team by one stroke,” said head golf coach at Consolidated, Joe Griffith, of his team’s LKC play. “He had several bad shots, but most of his game was solid. Mingo Bottom has a number of holes with water to hit over, and that seemed to be a challenge for a lot of the players at the LKC. We played a tournament at that course back in early August, and our highest score was 104. So we let our scores slip upwards this time.”
The Knight golfers hit the road on Sept. 23 to play at the Williams Country Club in Weirton. Up against some very tough competition, Tyler Consolidated turned in a team score of 198 to Wheeling Park’s 156; Madonna’s, 165; and Brooke’s 169.
Individually for the Silver and Black, Ty Pratt placed first on the team with a low score of 46 on the day. Kemp scored a 47; Lancaster, 51; Tanley, 54; Morris, 56; Josh Smith, 57; Levi Hudson, 63; and Kellsi Anderson, 70.
“I knew that we didn’t have a real chance to beat Park or Brooke or Madonna, but it is one of the nicest courses in the area, and I wanted our players to have a chance to play there,” Griffith said. “It’s not a flat course, so that gave the golfers some more experience with hillside lies. Ty Pratt had a good night, finishing as the low man for our team with a 46, followed closely by Nathan Kemp’s 47.”
On Sept. 24, the Knight golfers hosted their annual “Parents Night” at the Sistersville Country Club with Magnolia and Paden City teams and had an excellent turn out from all teams participating.
“Our match on Wednesday was our annual Parents’ Night match among the three local teams, followed by a covered dish dinner,” Griffith said. “It is a great way to finish off the season, with all of the players from each team having a chance to tee it up in our final match.
“Paden City had a nice turnout of 16 golfers playing that evening, and we had so many parents in the gallery that the folks in the clubhouse had trouble finding enough carts to rent to them! For all of the seniors, it is their final match before heading into Regionals. Our four low scores were all in the mid- to upper-40’s, so we were a little higher than what we are capable of shooting. Magnolia sophomore Peyton Moore took medalist honors with a great round of one over par, 35.”
Magnolia took the team win with a score of 177, followed by the Silver Knights with 185, and Paden City with 221.
Individual scores from each team are as follows:
Magnolia: Peyton Moore, 35; Matthew Durig, 46; Derrick Blain, 48; Shane Mason, 48; Tyler Williamson, 48; and Zac Lockhart, 56.
Tyler Consolidated: Kemp, 44; Pratt, 46; Tanley, 46; Morris, 49; Lancaster, 53; and Smith, 54
Paden City: Michael Wilcox, 53; Jake Pierce, 54; Levi Meadows, 56; Kennedy Cain, 58; Dean Frye, 58; and Aaron Heasley, 59.
Magnolia: Drew Herrick, 53; A.J. Richmond, 56; William Nice, 56;
Tyler: Hudson, 54; Anderson, 66;
Paden City: Richie Bertozzi, 50; Dezirae Middleton, 58; Kyle Stackpole, 59; Logan Crawford, 61; Evan Shreve, 61; Caleb Byers, 61; Chris Byers, 65; Jenna Ferrebee, 66; Colton Elliot, 67; and Travis Leonard, 68.
Scheduled to play at the Regional Tournament on Sept. 29 at the Moundsville Country Club (with results unavailable by press time), there is a possibility that a few golfers from the teams will move on to the state tournament.
“Heading into Regionals, Nathan Kemp has a chance to go on as a medalist if he shoots a good round up at Moundsville,” Griffith said. “He has spent an incredible amount of time working at his game over the past three years-he may very well hold the record for the most time spent on the golf course compared to any player that I have ever had. It would be great for him to get to go on to play at Speidel in the state tournament.
“Ty Pratt has posted some nice scores lately, so he would have an outside chance of going on. He hits his drives down the middle and that will help at Moundsville. John Lancaster and Kaleb Tanley are our other two players at the regional tournament, and we hope that they are able to have good rounds, too. Only two individuals qualify out of the regional tournament, so it will take a score in the 70’s or very low 80’s to have a chance to go on.”
The Silver Knight regular season record stands at 30-45.
The Tyler Consolidated Middle School golf team played one match last week, on Sept. 25 at their home course, the Sistersville Country Club.
The Pleasants County Middle School team came out on top in the team competition with an overall score of 226. The young Knights scored 237 as a whole.
Individually for the Silver Knights, Jackson Kibbey led the team with the low score of 56 on the day. Haiden Placer scored 59; Anna Griffith, 61; Gavin Morris, 61; Gage Potoczny, 65; Preston Grimes, 66; Hunter Doak 67; and Mack Gibbs, 68.
“This was our second home match for the middle school, and even though we improved by three strokes over our first match, Pleasants County Middle improved by 20 strokes,” said Griffith, who is also the head coach of the middle school team. “So out of the four meetings this year, Tyler and Pleasants Middle Schools have each won two matches.
“Jackson Kibbey had his score back down where it should be, and Anna Griffith improved by four strokes. Haiden Placer and Gavin Morris finished a little higher than last time.”
“Overall, Coach Tucker and I are very pleased with the progress these players have made in their first year. In addition to improving their game, they are learning the rules of golf and how to show proper etiquette out on the course.”
The Middle School Knights season record stands at 2-3 at this point and they will play again on Oct. 1 at North Bend.