Golfers Keeping Busy
The Tyler Consolidated Silver and Black Golf Team participated in three matches last week as they enter the final four weeks of their season. Meanwhile, the middle school team is set for most of their matches yet to come over the next five weeks.
On Monday, Aug. 27, the high school team hosted five other schools at the Sistersville Country Club. Team scores were: Linsly, 171; Roane, 172; Ritchie, 185; Tyler, 227; Paden City, 244; and Williamstown, which had only three players. Medalist for the evening was Garrett Simon of Roane County, with a four over par round of 38.
Individual scores for the Knights were: Isaac Melvin, 55; Gage Potoczny, 57; Anna Griffith, 57; Haiden Placer, 58; and Ezra Reed, 68.
For Paden City, Jordan Stackpole led the way with 54, followed by Matt Saxon, 55; Dylan Shreve, 67; and Reece Blatt, 68.
“We were missing one of our seniors, Mack Gibbs, for the match,” commented Coach Joe Griffith. “But as it turned out, the best score for our team came from sophomore, Isaac Melvin. He is splitting time with marching band, so it is good to see that his game is starting to come together.”
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the sole member of the Knights’ girls golf team headed across the river to take part in the First Annual OV Athletics.com Girls Golf Team Championship at Fairways Riverside Golf Course in Sardis, Ohio.
Anna Griffith represented TCHS in the 18-hole tourney on a very hot day, coming away with a score of 123, which placed her 10th out of 39 girls competing.
“It was VERY hot and muggy!” said Anna about her match. “It was nice to see so many girls at the tournament, and I enjoyed being in a group with a girl from River and another from Warren.”
The toll of walking 18 holes on a 90-plus degree day showed in Anna’s scores as the day wore on and the players found it hard to stay focused in the heat. She shot 57 on the front nine, but ended with a 66 on the back nine.
“I was okay with my score, but I know I could have done better if it hadn’t been so hot,” she said. “Even so, I guess you could say that I was the low scorer for my team!”
Her coach was pleased that Anna and the other girls completed the round. “Six hours of being out in that kind of heat really saps any athlete. But I was glad to see that the girls took every opportunity to step into the shade of trees when they had the chance,” reflected Coach Griffith.
John Marshall was the only WV school to field a complete team of six girls, while several of the local Ohio schools, including River and Warren, also had full rosters.
Warren took the title with a team score of 407, followed by River at 411 and JM at 466. Medalist for the match was Sierra Knowlton, of River, with a nice round of 11 over par, 83.
Later that afternoon, three members of the varsity team headed south to the hills of the Golf Club of WV for a nine-hole match. Team scores there were: Ritchie, 179 and Wirt, 234. For the Knights, Gage Potoczy led the way with a score of 57, followed by Isaac Melvin with 60, and Ezra Reed with 72. Medalist for the match was Eli Inman of Williamstown, who carded a round of 41.
On Thursday, Aug. 30, the varsity team played their third match of the week, as they traveled to the ClairMar Golf Course outside of Powhatan, Ohio. There they faced teams from River, Monroe Central and Martins Ferry, along with three players from Shadyside.
The ClairMar Course is owned and maintained by a group of five women, and it provides a nice location for a high school match. It is easy to walk, and green fees are very reasonable for players to practice on weekends.
Team scores for the match were: Martins Ferry, 183; River, 186; Monroe Central, 193; and Tyler, 216. Medalist for the match was River’s Logan Alleman, with a very nice round of one under par, 34.
For the Knights, Gage Potoczny and Mack Gibbs both finished with 51, followed closely by fellow senior Haiden Placer with his round of 52. Freshman Ezra Reed rounded out the scoring with 62.
Placer felt that his play improved during the match: “Today started out really bad, but my round got better toward the end. I also had an enjoyable group to play golf with.”
Gibbs also encountered trouble at the start of his round. “I struggled to start with, as I had several shots that ended up in the spruce trees. But I got things straightened out and by the second half of the round, I was hitting the ball as well as I have all season.”
Potoczny looked back on all three matches of the week: “Monday and Tuesday, I had 57 at home and then at Golf Club of WV. But I enjoyed playing ClairMar the most, and was able to lower my score by six strokes!”
Finally, Reed commented on the season as a whole: “Golf this year has been really fun, and I hope that more students will consider playing next year, so I won’t be the only one from my grade level.”
Upcoming matches for the high school team include Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Switzerland of Ohio Golf Course to take on Barnesville, River, and Monroe Central. On Monday, Sept.10, they will be at home against Ravenswood, Paden City, and Parkersburg Catholic. On Sept. 11, the girls team will participate in a girls match at the Wheeling Park Golf Course. And on Sept.12, the team will travel to Mineral Wells to face St. Marys and Magnolia on the Woodridge Plantation Course, site of the Regional Tournament on Sept. 24.
The Middle School Knights Golf Team was not in action last week, but has two matches this week, including their first home match today at Sistersville Country Club. Tomorrow, four of the players will travel to the Minibel Golf Course in Vienna, WV, for the Wood County Middle School Golf League’s Blind Draw Scramble. The four Knights players will each be matched up with three players from other schools to form teams in the scramble format competition.
The Middle School Golfers will also be traveling to St. Marys on Monday, Sept. 10, to take on the Pleasants County team.
“We have some really solid eighth and seventh grade players returning from last year, plus a lot of sixth graders who are showing good promise for the future,” said Assistant Coach David Tucker.
Spectators are welcome at the home matches at the Sistersville Country Club, and carts are available for rental.