TCHS Golf Team Has Busy Week
The TCHS Knights Golf Team had a full slate during their second week of the 2020 season. Four matches were on the schedule, up and down the Ohio River Valley, including two different “Riverside” courses. The local linksters came up 7-7 for their efforts on the week.
The Knights hosted their first home match of the season on Monday, August 24, at the Sistersville Country Club. Varsity team scores were: Tyler – 184; and John Marshall – 210, while Paden City had two players. The John Marshall JV team also played the course, ending with a team score of 243.
Tyler had co-medalists for the match in sophomore Landen Miller and freshman Chandler Ash. They both carded rounds of ten over par, 44. Right behind them was sophomore Mason Nichols with 46. Senior Isaac Melvin finished with 50, sophomore Jesse Griffith had 57, senior Jackson Kibbey had 65, and freshman Samantha Melvin had 68.
For Paden City, Will McGinnis had 51, while Liam Clements had 64.
“It was good to come away with a win for our first home match,” said Knights Coach Joe Griffith. “We had three scores in the mid-40s, and we hope to see those drop to the lower 40s in upcoming matches.”
After the home match, Landen Miller noted that, “I started out with several bad holes. But things got a lot better and I got a couple pars in a row. It was a good round, with hopefully more good ones to come.”
Samantha Melvin reflected on her round: “This week I played my first home match ever. Overall, our team did very well and I’m glad to say that I noticed improvements in my performance. I cannot wait for the next match!”
“At the home match, my favorite fairway wood broke,” said Jesse Griffith. “So I had to use an older three-wood. But as it turned out, I was able to hit the replacement club better than the original, so I have been happy with my long game this week.”
Tuesday saw the team make the two-hour trip south to play Wahama at the Riverside Golf Club in Mason, WV. But the weather turned bad after just three or four holes, cancelling the match.
“This was the first time that our team has ever traveled to Wahama,” said Coach Griffith. “The course there is flat, but in very nice condition. I am sorry that our players didn’t get the chance to finish the round.”
Wednesday, August 26, the team participated in the St. Marys Invitational. The weather was muggy for the 18-hole event, as the Knights ended in sixth place out of nine teams. St. Marys won their own tournament, with a team score of 295, paced by medalist Brandon Lawhon with his round of three over par, 67. Other team scores were: Roane – 307; Ritchie – 319; Frontier – 327; Williamstown – 348; Tyler – 363; Webster – 380; Calhoun – 386; and Gilmer – 400.
For the Knights, Mason Nichols led the way with 42/40 = 82. Other Knight scores were: Landen Miller – 42/44 = 86; Isaac Melvin – 48/46 = 94; Jackson Kibbey – 53/48 = 101; and Chandler Ash – 104.
“I was really happy with my performance at St. Marys on Wednesday,” said Mason Nichols. “My scores have been a bit higher than I would like, but I’m sure they’ll work their way down as the season progresses.”
The fourth match of the week was last Thursday, with the team playing their second Riverside Course, this one in Sardis, Ohio. The Silver Knights finished third out of six teams on the night, with St. Clairsville having the low team score at 168. Monroe Central had 174; Tyler had 185; Magnolia had 190; Union Local had 197; and Shadyside had 204.
For the Knights, Landen Miller had the low score, with 43. Mason Nichols and Isaac Melvin both had 44, with Chandler Ash – 54, Jesse Griffith – 57, and Jackson Kibbey – 64. Scores for Paden City were Will McGinnis – 53 and Liam Clements – 59.
Co-captain Isaac Melvin looked back on his week of golf: “The home match was rough, as I shot 50. But I shot in the mid 40s at St. Marys. That wasn’t great, but was an improvement. Then on Thursday, I shot in the low 40s, the best of the week. So I am going to remain positive and hope to continue getting better each match.”
The team finished the week with an overall record of 10-13 as they headed into their home match this past Monday. The match scheduled for yesterday at Switzerland of Ohio was cancelled.
Today, the Tyler Consolidated Middle School golf team begins their 2020 season, as they are hosting their first match of the season, against Blennerhassett and Hamilton. Tomorrow, the high school team will be back in action at the ClairMar Course near Powhatan, Ohio, where the Knights will take on River, Frontier and other teams.
Neither team will be competing over the Labor Day Weekend, with the high school team seeing action again at a home match on Wednesday, September 9.