Knights Golf Teams Take to the Fairways
The TCHS and TCMS Knights Golf Teams had a full slate this past week, with the older linksters playing three matches in a row, and the middle school golfers opening their season at home.
On Monday, August 28, the high school team hosted a match that included Varsity, JV and Girls events. The TCHS Varsity came up short against Williamstown by the final score of 168-214. For the Silver and Black, Noah Miller led the way with his round of 42, followed by Mack Gibbs with 55, Gage Potoczny with 58 and Haiden Placer with 59. Also playing in the match were Jackson Kibbey with 61 and Isaac Melvin with 63. For Paden City, Reese Blatt finished at 68.
The TCHS Girls split their match with River and John Marshall. The River Girls, counting the top three scores, had 148, while Tyler had 163 and JM had 185. Cheyenne Morris had 49, and Anna Griffith and Julianna Miller both had 57.
Anna commented on the Girls match: “I really enjoyed the match. I got to play with three other girls-Julianna from our team, a girl from River who I didn’t know, and a girl from John Marshall who I had met before. I had some really nice drives and fairway shots, but I need to work on my short game to bring my score down.”
JV action on Monday saw Linsly best the JM JV team by the score of 209 to 239.
Tuesday, August 29, the Varsity team traveled to Golf Club of WV, just south of Waverly, WV, to take on some hills and water. The team had one of its higher scores on the season, losing to Parkersburg Catholic (178), Williamstown (179), and Ritchie (205). The Knights finished at 212.
Cheyenne Morris was the low scorer for the Knights, with her round of 49. Noah Miller had 50, Mack Gibbs had 55 and Gage Potoczny had 58. Other scores were Anna Griffith with 61, Isaac Melvin with 62 and Haiden Placer with 68.
Coach Joe Griffith reflected on the match: “GCWV is the site of our LKC Tournament this year, so I was glad to have a match there for our team to see at least nine holes. But our scores were higher than I had hoped for. Lots of hills for the players to deal with, and some of the holes are rather long. Hopefully their look at the course will pay off in the LKC Tournament.”
The Varsity was right back into action on Wednesday, August 30, as they traveled across the Ohio to play the Riverside Course near Sardis. The team finished 2-2 on the evening. Team scores were St. Clairsville – 176; Magnolia – 177; Tyler – 201; Shadyside – 219; and River – 232. Noah Miller bounced back from a bad round the night before to pace the Knights with his round of 41. Cheyenne Miller had 50, Mack Gibbs had 55 and Gage Potoczny had 55. Rounding out the scores were Haiden Placer with 50 and Isaac Melvin with 67.
“I was glad to have the low score for our team down at Golf Club of WV,” said Cheyenne. “But I have played a lot at Riverside and was hoping to do a little better in our match there.”
Noah Miller was pleased with his comeback on Wednesday: “I didn’t play well at all on Tuesday, and Coach Griffith told me I should be able to bring my score down by ten strokes at Riverside. Well, I dropped the total by nine strokes, and if I had not had trouble putting on Hole 3, I would have been down in the 30s.”
Haiden Placer also commented on the match at Riverside: “It was a good round for me. While I still did not do great compared to some of the others, I am happy with my score.”
The wins on Wednesday brought the high school team’s record on the season to 9-26. They traveled to the Switzerland of Ohio course outside of Beallsville on Tuesday to take on Barnesville, Martin’s Ferry, River and Monroe Central, and they will have a home match on Monday, September 11 against John Marshall, Magnolia, River and Ritchie, along with a Girls match against John Marshall. The Girls team will also travel to Wheeling Park on Tuesday, September 12, to compete in an All-Girls Tournament that should feature over 50 local girls in competition.
The Tyler Middle School Knights had their first match of the season on Thursday, August 31, as they hosted Pleasants Middle and Paden City. The younger Knights split the match, with Pleasants easily winning with a score of 184, followed by Tyler at 216 and Paden City with 261.
For the TCMS Knights, two seventh graders topped the scoring. Landen Miller was low man with a nice round of 45. First-time player Mason Nichols carded a solid 50 to initiate his golfing career. Eighth graders Jaden Holmes and Ezra Reed had 58 and 63, respectively. Other scores were Jesse Griffith (7th) and Chandler Ash (6th), both with 63, while Neal Soles (7th), Evan Wise (7th) and Nate Stollings (6th) all finished at 67. Paden City players included Alec Chaplin – 60; Will McGinnis – 65; and Aaron Thorn and Bryson Stackpole, both with 68.
Landen Miller was happy with his round: “We did good for our first match and I give God all the glory for letting me shoot a 45 and finish second overall.”
Mason Nichols also was pleased with his first golf match: “It was really fun. I liked being able to see how I did against other kids my age. I enjoyed sharing golfing stories with the other boys in my group.”
Assistant Coach Dave Tucker commented that, “It was a good start for the middle school team. We have nine boys out, including two eighth graders with several years of experience under their belts, five seventh graders and two sixth graders, all of whom have a lot of enthusiasm for the game. We look to continue to bring our scores down through the season. As we head into September, the middle school team has a lot more matches than they did in August, so we are looking forward to the next five weeks.”
The TCMS Knights stand at 1-1 on the season. They will travel south to the St. Marys Golf Course today to take on the Pleasants Middle team. Monday, September 11, they will be at North Bend against Ritchie, and Wednesday, September 13, they will again host Pleasants and Paden City, along with the team from Ohio County.