TCHS Golf Season Begins
The 2017 TCHS Knights Golf Team’s season is well underway, with the local varsity team already competing in five matches, and the girls team coming away with a win in their first match.
Ten players are out for the teams, including three seniors: Julianna Miller, Noah Miller, and Cheyenne Morris. Three juniors include Mack Gibbs, Haiden Placer and Gage Potoczny. Anna Griffith is the only sophomore, while three freshmen include Jeremiah Boley, Jackson Kibbey and Isaac Melvin. Several of these players also are splitting time with the band and cross country team.
The season began on August 3, with the coed varsity team hosting Ritchie and Roane at the Sistersville Country Club. TCHS got excellent rounds from two senior players, but didn’t have enough depth to win the match. Roane made the 2-hour trip up from Spencer and finished in first with a team score of 193, Ritchie had 199, and Tyler had 213. Paden City had one player, Reece Blatt, who finished at 68 for his round.
Senior Knight Noah Miller carded a round of 42 on the par 34 course to finish as medalist for the event. Another TCHS senior, Cheyenne Morris, followed closely with her round of 45. But there was a big gap until the next score, returned by sophomore Anna Griffith, with her total of 62. Juniors Gage Potocozny and Haiden Placer shot 64 and 65, respectively, and freshman Isaac Melvin rounded out the scoring for the home team with 65.
Coach Joe Griffith was pleased with how his seniors performed: “Noah and Cheyenne are both excellent golfers, and it was good to see them play well on their home course. They both work very hard at their game, and it showed in this match.”
Monday, August 7 found both the varsity team and the girls team in action. The coed team traveled down Route 2 to the St. Marys Golf Course for the Blue Devils’ Invitational. Ravenswood ran away with the competition with an impressive 67 stroke margin over the rest of the field. Team scores were: Ravenswood – 284; Parkersburg Catholic – 351; Roane – 355; Williamstown – 361; Gilmer – 365; Ritchie – 387; Clay – 390; and Tyler – 405. St. Marys and Calhoun had only two and three players, respectively.
For the Knights, Noah Miller earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for a second year in a row with his nice round of 42/39 = 81. Cheyenne Morris also played well with 45/45 = 90. Gage Potoczny had 61/55 = 116 and Isaac Melvin had 59/59 = 118 to complete the scoring for the local linksters.
That same afternoon, the girls team traveled north to Powhatan to take on the John Marshall girls on the ClairMar Course. Cheyenne Morris teed it up for nine more holes and led her team to victory, as she came away with medalist honors for the match with her round of 46 on the par 35 course. Anna Griffith finished second for the Lady Knight Golfers, with 60, while Senior Julianna Miller shot 64 on the day. The Knights took the win by the score of 170-177, counting three scores.
Cheyenne Morris commented that her summer job has meant “not getting to practice very much. But I hope that after all these years of golfing, I can have my good rounds fall where they need to for me to make it to states.”
Griffith was pleased with the girls team: “Cheyenne ended up playing 27 holes on the day, and she played well. I was glad to see her finish as medalist. She has worked hard at her game for years, and has a solid chance to go on to play at the collegiate level. At one of our matches, a college coach watched Cheyenne’s drive on one hole and said, ‘I’ll take her!’ So we are looking for her to have some offers to continue to play even after her senior year in high school.”
Julianna got a late start on her senior season after spending several weeks on a study tour in Australia. “My first match of the season was a lot of fun, as I met some other girls I am sure I will be playing against soon. I believe that this season, with many returning players, we have a lot to look forward to.”
Sophomore Anna Griffith reflected on her game so far: “The first few matches were good, and I hope to improve my scores for the rest of the season. We have a good team this year.”
On Wednesday, August 9, the varsity team played in the LKC Scramble at the North Bend Golf Course. The A-Team, consisting of Noah Miller, Cheyenne Morris, Anna Griffith and Mack Gibbs, played to a two-under par total of 70 on the par 72 course. They had four birdies and one eagle in their round. The B-Team consisted of only three players-Gage Potoczny, Julianna Miller and Isaac Melvin-managed only one birdie on the day and finished at 15 over par. Ravenswood again ran away from the field with a great round of 15 under par. Other team scores were: Williamstown – 9 under; Gilmer – 8 under; Roane A – 7 under; Parkersburg Catholic – 6 under; Clay – 4 under; Webster – 3 under; Tyler A – 2 under; Ritchie – 2 under; St. Marys – 1 under; Roane B – 1 over; Wirt – 2 over; Calhoun – 9 over and Tyler B – 15 over.
Coach Griffith commented on the Scramble: “Every year, this proves to be one of the most enjoyable matches for our players. They get to work together as a team and it allows each of them to contribute to the score. The A team had a lot of solid shots, and even the three players on the B team had a lot of fun in the tournament.”
The next match took place the next day at the Worthington Course across the street from Parkersburg Catholic High School, and the host team won the rain-shortened match. It had been scheduled for 18 holes, but a steady rain began when the groups were about five or six holes into the match, so play was called after the first nine holes. Team scores were: Parkersburg Catholic – 178; Ritchie – 189; and Clay – 203. The TCHS Knights could muster only three players for the match, as several players were not available because of illness or vacation travel. Some of the other regular Knight golfers are also members of the TCHS Band, so they stayed in Tyler County to be ready to play at the Bands on Broad performance later that evening.
Despite the rain, Noah Miller shot even par, 35, on the front nine to once again finish as medalist. Cheyenne Morris and Gage Potoczny also played for the Silver and Black, and they finished with rounds of 51 and 54, respectively.
Noah was pleased with his round, and commented that “I played a great round today, and I thank God for being out in His creation. The course was in good shape.”
Griffith reflected on the match: “Noah was able to keep it going, even with the steady rain late in his round. It has been a few years since we have had a player shoot even par in a match, so it is nice to see his efforts pay off. He has just always worked on his short game every chance he gets. When he is done with his round, I don’t have to guess where he is he’s out at the practice green chipping and putting!”
Following the first two weeks of the season, the record for the varsity team stands at 4-15, while the girls team shows a record of 1-0.
The varsity and girls teams both hosted John Marshall, Linsly, St. Marys and Paden City this past Monday, and the coed team is playing at ClairMar today against River, Shadyside, Union Local and Magnolia. The results of those matches will be in next week’s Star News. Matches next week include Tuesday, August 22 at Speidel Jones Course against Linsly, and Thursday, August 24, at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course for 18 holes against John Marshall, Clay-Batelle, Linsly and Wheeling Central.