Silver Knight Golfers Reach Halfway Point of Their 2020 Season
Both the high school and middle school Tyler Consolidated Knights Golf Teams hosted matches this past week at the Sistersville Country Club. The older linksters are at the halfway point of their regular season, while the younger players participated in their first match for 2020.
The TCHS golfers and four other teams teed it up in muggy weather on Monday, August 31, at the Sistersville Country Club. The Knights could only manage one win on the evening, against three losses. Team scores were: Frontier – 162; Williamstown – 165; Magnolia – 191; Tyler – 197; Ritchie – 212; and Paden City had two players. Medalist for the match was senior Xavier Caruthers, of Williamstown, who fired a nice round of three over par, 37, for his final high school match at Sistersville.
Individual scores for the local golfers from the white tees were: Mason Nichols – 42; Landen Miller – 45; Chandler Ash – 54; Isaac Melvin – 56; Jesse Griffith – 58; and Samantha Melvin – 67. Paden City scores were: Will McGinnis – 56; and Liam Clements – 66.
Mason Nichols, low scorer for the Knights, was happy with his improvement over the previous match: “I was glad to improve my score at our home course. My short game is also getting better.”
But several of his teammates were not pleased with their scores. Senior Co-Captain Isaac Melvin remarked that “My game certainly didn’t go as planned, but I will strive for a better outcome next match.”
His sister, Samantha, is a freshman in her first year of golf, and she also looked for improvement in her game: “I didn’t do as well as I would’ve liked, but I have been improving and look forward to our next match.”
Another freshman, Chandler Ash, said that “I didn’t do as well as I would have liked this week. So I am going to work on my golf game.”
Coach Joe Griffith reflected on the toughness of the local course. “Sistersville Country Club is flat and the holes are mostly straight.
But there are lots of trees, and with a creek running through nearly every hole, it’s really easy to get into trouble. We have to keep our scores below 50 in order to be competitive.”
The high school team had two other matches scheduled for the week, but their match at Switzerland of Ohio on Tuesday has been postponed, and their match at ClairMar near Powhatan on Thursday was rained out.
So with the past week’s action, the Knights sport an overall record of 11-16 as they reach the halfway point of the regular season matches.
Today is the team’s only match this week, as they are hosting River, Frontier, Magnolia, and Paden City. Monday, September 14, the team will host Roane, Ritchie, St. Marys, Paden City, and John Marshall JV. Match time is 4:15.
The Tyler Consolidated Middle School golfers saw their first action last week as they also hosted a home match against two Parkersburg area schools. Only six strokes separated the three teams, with the younger Knights coming up short against both of the Wood County squads.
Team scores were: Blennerhassett – 203; Hamilton – 207; and Tyler – 209. Medalist for the match was Ty Davis of Blennerhassett, who shot 45 on the Par 34 course from the gold tees.
For the Tyler middle schoolers, 8th grader Trenton Webster and 6th grader John Mace led the way with rounds of 50 each. Other scores included: Luke Deaton (8th) – 52; Cole Moore (8th) – 57; Cooper Clayton (8th) – 58; Colby Nichols (8th) – 58; Mason Clayton (7th) – 59; Morgan Fisher (6th) – 62; Cole Wilcox (7th) – 65; and Jackson Smith (6th) – 68.
Assistant Coach David Tucker is pleased with the turnout for this year’s team. “We have ten enthusiastic youngsters on the team. Five are in 8th grade, with three of those splitting time with the marching band and another also running cross country. We have two in 7th grade and three in 6th, including two beginning golfers. We have seen a lot of progress in their games over the past couple of weeks of practice.”
Colby Nichols reflected on starting the season with a home match: “I didn’t do as well as I wanted to but it was nice to have our first meet for the year at our home course. I had a fun time playing!”
Trenton Webster, who tied for low scorer on the team, said that, “On my very first hole I pinged the ball off of a bridge, and it went in the complete opposite direction that it needed to go. I made sure after that to keep a level head and line up my shots, and I came out of this match with a personal best. I am thankful for this opportunity to hit the links with my team during this pandemic.”
Teammate Luke Deaton also was glad to be playing in spite of the pandemic. “Neither the risk of COVID-19 nor the big spruce tree on number 7 could ruin my day.”
Ninth grader Morgan Fisher, who just picked up the game, said that, “I played better than I did at practice the other night. I had fun and even though I’m usually the only middle school girl out there, it doesn’t bother me at all.”
And John Mace, also a freshman, was very happy that he tied for low scorer on the team in his very first match: “I loved it; it was awesome. The most fun I’ve ever had playing golf!”
The middle school team now has a record of 0-2 on the season, with one match to come this week and two early next week. Tomorrow, four members of the team will travel to the Minibel Golf Course in Vienna to play in the Wood County Middle School Golf League’s annual Blind Draw Scramble. Next week, the team will travel to the Golf Club of WV near Waverly to take on Ritchie and Van Devender, and they will host Edison and Jackson Middle next Wednesday at the Sistersville Country Club.
If you would like to see match results for both the high school and middle school teams, you can follow this link to the high school webpage: www.tylerconsolidatedhighschool.org/golf
Assistant Coach David Tucker, along with Librarian/Golf Mom Maggie Fisher have created the very easy-to-use webpage that contains stats and photos for both teams.