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Golf teams end 2014 season

By Staff | Oct 8, 2014

The 2014 regular season of West Virginia High School Golf ended last week with teams and individuals competing in the Region Tournaments around the state.

Tyler Consolidated and Paden City golfers competed at the Moundsville Country Club, with neither team going forward nor sending any individuals to the state meet.

“Moundsville Country Club is not a difficult course for those who can keep the ball down the middle,” said head coach of the Knight golfers, Joe Griffith. “But for anyone who strays to the side, trees and other difficulties abound. The rough is longer than what our players are used to, also. I thought that we could have finished one or two places higher among the teams, but Madonna, St. Marys and Magnolia were just too good for us to have a chance to beat.”

“The group of players I monitored had a Blue Don and a Blue Devil golfer both at two under par following their first nine holes. Coleman Lamp of St. Marys finished as the medalist for the tournament with a round of one under par. Peyton Moore, Magnolia sophomore, will be making his second trip to the state tournament as an individual medalist.”

Weirton Madonna was the top team in Region I, finishing the tournament with an overall 230 points. St. Marys placed second with 237; followed by Magnolia with 248; Wheeling Central, 264; Trinity Christian, 270; Tyler Consolidated, 284; Clay Battelle, 287; Bishop Donahue, 292; and Paden City with a score of 323.

Individually for the Silver Knights, senior Nate Kemp turned in a 46/43 for an overall score of 89 in the tournament. Ty Pratt finished with 44/53 – 97; John Lancaster, 48/50 – 98; and Kaleb Tanley – 52/57 – 109.

For Paden City, Jake Pierce was the low man on the day with 58/48 – 106; Levi Meadows – 51/55 – 106; Kennedy Cain – 57/54 – 111; and Michael Wilcox – 58/55 – 113.

“Nathan Kemp was doing well for the first several holes, but then hit one out of bounds and his scores were up and down after that,” coach Griffith said. “He did finish strong on the back nine, and I was pleased to see that. Nathan has practiced an incredible amount over the past three years, and I would have liked for him to go on to play at the state tournament. His dedication to practicing will be an example to younger players for many years to come.”

“Johnathan Lancaster was our other senior at regionals. John is our only four-year player, and I have enjoyed watching his progress during that time. It has been very nice having him as a member of the team since his freshman year.”

“Ty Pratt is a junior and finished second for our team, with a round of 97. He and fellow junior Kaleb Tanley will be the foundation for our team next year. All four of these players have provided some nice scores throughout this season, allowing us to have our best overall record in many years.”

Both Knight seniors offered comments on the season:

“It was a great year and I had fun,” Kemp said. “I wish it hadn’t come to an end, but it’s just another chapter in my life.”

“My high school golf career went better than expected,” Lancaster said. “I joined the team as a freshman just to see what it was like. I had never played golf before, and was surprised when I was thrown into the LKC Scramble after just one practice. I continued to improve over the four years of my career, and even though it is over, I plan to continue golfing the rest of my life.”

The Silver Knight golfers end the year with a 33-50 season record

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Still learning the game and how to scout out the pros and cons of courses, Tyler Consolidated’s Middle School golf team is having a pretty productive first year. The team played at North Bend on Oct. 1 against Ritchie County Middle School.

The young Rebels took the team win with an overall score of 216 while the Silver and Black turned in a 253.

Individually for the Knights, Jackson Kibbey scored the low of 57 for the day; Gavin Morris – 65; Gage Potoczny – 65; Preston Grimes – 66; Anna Griffith – 68; Hunter Doak – 68; Mack Gibbs – 68; and Haiden Placer – 70.

“We traveled to Harrisville and took on the hills and water of the North Bend course,” Joe Griffith said. “Our kids don’t get much practice with hillside lies, so they had a bit of trouble with that. There is also a large pond on Hole three, and only one or two of our players were able to hit across the water. Some of them commented that the greens were different than here at Sistersville. So they are learning that knowing how to play one course doesn’t mean you will do well on another course. They are a fun crew to work with and despite our score in this match, they have shown a great deal of improvement in the past six weeks.”

At press time, the middle school had one match left for the year, that being Oct. 6 at Woodridge Plantation Golf Course in Mineral Wells.