Tyler High, Middle School Golf in Action
Golfers from the Tyler Consolidated High School and Middle School Teams both saw action this past week as the older players traveled to Ohio, while the younger players held their first match and took part in a blind draw scramble where one of the local players hit a shot closest to the pin.
The High School Knights made their annual trek on the winding road to the Switzerland of Ohio County Club, outside of Beallsville for a match on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The hills provided a slight breeze but the 90-plus degree day was still taxing on the players. Team scores were: Barnesville, 171; River, 198; Monroe Central, 207; and Tyler, 231. Medalist for the match was Carter Wells from Barnesville, who shot 39 on the Par 35 course. Individual scores for the Knights were: Gage Potoczny, 55; Haiden Placer, 56; Isaac Melvin, 58; Anna Griffith, 62; and Ezra Reed, 70.
Senior Gage Potoczny commented that “I shot a 55, but I look forward for more improvement in the final weeks of the season.”
Fellow senior Haiden Placer said that his game “started off bad on the hills, but got a little better as the day progressed.”
Junior Anna Griffith was not pleased with her score, “It was hot and I had trouble on the hills and I had my worst score of the season. But I enjoyed the group that I played with and hopefully my scores next week will be better!”
The match dropped the team’s record to 3-35 on the season. This week, they hosted Ravenswood, Parkersburg Catholic and Paden City on Monday at Sistersville Country Club. Tuesday, Anna Griffith participated in a Girls Match at Wheeling Park, and today the team traveled to Woodridge Plantation Golf Course near Mineral Wells.
Tomorrow the team travels to the Worthington Golf Course, across the street from Parkersburg Catholic High School.
Coach Joe Griffith noted that, “Woodridge was supposed to be the site of the regional tournament on Sept. 24. But the course has not fared well this summer, so Regionals have been moved to Mingo Bottom near Elizabeth in Wirt County.”
Mingo is also the site of the upcoming LKC Tournament on Sept. 17, and the first ever West Virginia High School Girls’ Invitational Golf Championship, to be held Sept. 18.
The Middle School golfers hosted their first home match on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The team from Ohio County took top honors, with a score of 166, followed by Linsly with 192. Pleasants Middle and Tyler Middle both tallied team scores of 195, but Pleasants won the tie based on the fifth player’s score.
Medalist for the match was Ohio County’s Gavin Goodrich, who shot a very nice three over par, 37.
Individual scores for the Middle Knights were: Mason Nichols, 43; Landen Miller, 47; Chandler Ash, 48; Luke Deaton, 57; Cooper Clayton, 58; Evan Wise, 60; Colby Nichols, 61; Nate Stollings, 63; Beau Thomas, 65; Trenton Webster, 66; and Cameron Lyons, 68.
For Paden City, Will McGinnis shot 53.
“Ohio County has some pretty good players,” said Coach David Tucker. “But we were right in there with Linsly and Pleasants.”
Landen Miller felt he could have done better: “I didn’t play all that bad, but I know that I can shoot a lower score.”
On Thursday, Sept. 6, four members of the team traveled to the Minibel Golf Course in Vienna to play in the Wood County Middle School Golf League’s Blind Draw Scramble. Each Knight player was matched up with three players from other schools to form a scramble team to compete on the Par 3 course.
Coach Griffith said the players had fun: “This was our first year to play in the blind scramble and the boys really enjoyed it, even though it was another really hot day in the 90s.”
Team scores ranged from even par to seven over par. Landen Miller’s team finished at two over par, good enough for a tie for fourth place out of 15 teams. Next best for the Knights was the team led by Mason Nichols, which shot three over par. Chandler Ash was on a team which finished at four over par, while Evan Wise’s team shot five over par.
One of the Closest to the Pin Awards was won by Mason Nichols for his shot on Hole 2, which landed about 18 inches from the flag on the 128-yard hole.
Nichols was pleased with his scramble award and with his play in the home match: “I was happy to win Closest to the Pin at Minibel, and I had a decent round in the home match.
I have been working this summer on hitting the ball straighter and farther, so I can’t wait to see how the rest of this season unfolds.”
“I had a great time at the scramble,” said Chandler Ash. “It was a new and fun experience playing a Par 3 course.”
“We are not a full member of the Wood County League,” explained Coach Griffith. “It’s just too far to go to play two or three matches a week. But the director is very accommodating in allowing us to play several matches each year in the Parkersburg area, and that really helps our players get to know some of the local courses.”
The Middle School team traveled to St. Marys on Monday for their only match of this week. Their next match will be at Wheeling Park on Sept. 20.