Golf Team Completes Regional Tournament
The Silver Knights’ golf team competed in the Region I Class A Tournament on Sept. 28 at Moundsville Country Club. The Knights finished sixth out of eight teams to end their season.
Team scores were: Wheeling Central – 246; Weirton Madonna – 252; Magnolia – 255; St. Marys – 289; Bishop Donahue – 327; Tyler – 336; Paden City – 347; Trinity Christian – 352; and Clay-Batelle, with only two players competing.
For the Knights, sophomore Cheyenne Morris was the low scorer on the day, with an 18-hole round of 104. Senior Kaleb Tanley had 110, sophomore Noah Miller had 122, and junior Levi Hudson finished at 134.
For Paden City, Jake Pierce and Michael Wilcox both carded scores of 111, followed by Dezirae Middleton at 125 and Kyle Stackpole at 127.
Central and Madonna move on to the state tournament on Oct. 6 and 7 at the Jones Course at Oglebay Park’s Speidel Course. Also qualifying were the two low scoring individuals not on winning teams. They were juniors from Magnolia, Peyton Moore (78) and Matthew Durig (83).
“The course played tough,” reflected Knights’ Coach Joe Griffith. “I spent the day monitoring a group of golfers who normally play in the number four position for their teams, and among the four of them, there were only two pars on the entire 18 holes. So I knew scores were going to be high.”
Morris was happy with her round, “Although I had a rough day, I am glad to close out this year with the lowest score for our team. It was a fun season.”
As for his final high school golf competition, Kaleb Tanley remarked: “Not bad for my last match.”
After all of the recent rain, Noah Miller commented that. “I didn’t play very well. The fairways were like sponges, but the greens were like concrete.”
The fourth Knight golfer, Levi Hudson, was pleased with the weather, “It was a nice cool day.”
Coach Griffith looked back on the season with a positive reflection: “Our won-loss record is not all that impressive, but Coach Tucker and I have seen a lot of improvement in our players since the start of August. We will lose seniors Kaleb Tanley and Ty Pratt, who have both had solid scores throughout the season, providing senior leadership along the way. I have tremendously enjoyed having them as part of our team over the years,” he said. “Some of the younger players have come on strong here during September. Junior Levi Hudson will return next year. And we will have our two sophomores back, along with three freshmen. That should provide us with a solid nucleus for our team to build upon.”
The team ends the year at 24-70, including all tournaments and regular matches.
The Knights’ middle school golf team continued action this past week as it traveled to Harrisville to play the
North Bend Golf Course against Ritchie Middle.
The Blazers came out on top by team scores of 240-246. Individuals for TCMS were: Jackson Kibbey, 54; Anna Griffith, 60; Jaden Holmes, 66 and Isaac Melvin, 66.
“It was a good evening to play golf,” commented Coach Griffith. “The North Bend Course gives the players a lot of different looks than what they get on a flat river-bottom course. They had hills to deal with, along with a lake to hit over and greens that were quite sloped,” he said. “I am pleased that Jackson Kibbey was the medalist for the entire match. Anna Griffith, also had a good round, while Holmes and Melvin struggled a bit on the day, but the course was good experience for them.”
The middle school team dropped to 3-5 on the season, going into its final week. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the team traveled to Golf Club of WV, north of Parkersburg, to take on Spencer and Van Devender. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the team will end its season at home, hosting the newly formed Linsly middle school golf team.