TCMS Golfers End Shortened Season
The TCMS Golf Team originally had a slate of eight matches for their 2018 season, but half of those were cancelled because of rain or flooding.
The middle schoolers played their fourth and final contest on Monday, Oct. 1, against Ohio County, Linsly, and one player from Paden City. The action took place at the Wheeling Park Golf Course, a par-34 venue that features a straight-up-the-hill Hole #8, with Hole #9 coming right back down the hill.
Team scores for the evening were: Ohio County, 184; Tyler, 196; and Linsly, 208. For the Knights, Mason Nichols led the way with a nice round of 44, followed by fellow eighth grader, Landen Miller, with 45. There are two seventh grade golfers on the team, with Chandler Ash carding a total of 49, while Nate Stollings had 58. Cooper Clayton and Colby Nichols, both sixth graders, had 59 and 61, respectively, while fellow sixth grader Luke Deaton shot 62. Evan Wise eighth had 66, while Trenton Webster and Beau Thomas, both sixth graders, each ended with 68.
For Paden City, Will McGinnis had 55.
Even with having to contend with the big hill on the course, Mason Nichols was pleased with his round: “I did better this time playing Wheeling Park than I did the first time. It was a nice ending to our short season.”
Landen Miller was also happy with his score: “I ended up shooting a 45, which is not bad for my last middle school match.”
“This was the shortest season we have had since we started the middle school program five years ago,” said Coach David Tucker. “We lost half of our matches and quite a few of our practices to rain and high water.”
But the rain-shortened season failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the top golfers for the Knights. “Even though it was a short season due to weather conditions, I had a great time playing this year, and can’t wait until next season,” said Chandler Ash.
Mason Nichols, completing his second year of middle school golf, looked toward the months between now and when he will be a freshman golfer for the 2019 season: “I hope to improve in the off-season to lower my scores next year. I look forward to golf in high school!”
Landen Miller, reflecting on his final middle school match, said, “I want to thank my coaches for coaching us, and I want to thank God for letting me play golf and play good golf, and keeping me safe throughout my middle school career.”
Coach Joe Griffith summed up the year by saying, “This was a great group of middle schoolers to work with, and I am eager to see how much all of them improve their game between now and next season. Our three eighth graders will move up to the high school level, leaving two seventh graders and six sixth graders to return in August.
“So we should do all right next year if we can just cut back some on the rain!”
The Middle School Knights Golf Team ends the season with a record of 3-5.