Tyler Consolidated High School and Middle Golf Matches Held
The Tyler Consolidated High School and Middle School Golf Teams each participated in one match last week. The older Knights were at home, while the younger Knights traveled to Vienna for a Blind Draw Scramble.
The TCHS Silver Knight Golf Team hosted four other teams for a very humid match on Wednesday, September 9, at the Sistersville Country Club.
Two of the teams returned lower scores than the Knights, while the other two teams did not have enough players to compile a team score. Results were: Frontier – 166; Magnolia – 179; and Tyler – 188. River had three players, while Paden City had two.
For the TCHS team, Mason Nichols and Landen Miller both carded rounds of ten over par, 44. Other individual scores included: Chandler Ash – 46; Isaac Melvin – 54; Jesse Griffith -57; and Samantha Melvin – 65. For Paden City, Will McGinnis had 43 and Liam Clements had 60. Medalist for the match was Magnolia’s Alex Parker, who had a round of four over par, 38.
Coach Joe Griffith compared the three teams: “Frontier is pretty strong right down through their lineup, so they deserved to pick up the win.
“We can match up fairly well overall against Magnolia if we play our usual game. But we just had too many strokes from everyone, and the Eagles got some good scores from the middle of their lineup. Magnolia senior Alex Parker was the medalist, and he has really worked to improve his game over the past several years.
“We would have picked up a win over River if they had had four players to count a team score.”
Mason Nichols, who tied for low score on the Knights roster, said that the round “wasn’t my best performance. But it’s always fun to play at our home course.”
Jesse Griffith felt that the weather affected scores on the evening: “When it’s really hot and humid, and you are going through three bottles of water in nine holes of golf, it can be tough to play your best game.”
The match dropped the team’s season record to 10-15 as they head into their final two weeks of regular season play, followed by the regional tournament at Crispin on September 28.
Coach Griffith conjectured about the effect that an increased number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio County might have on upcoming matches. “All of the rest of our high school matches this season are either at home or to the south. But the regional and state tournaments are set for courses at Wheeling’s Oglebay Park.
“It is possible that Ohio County could go to Orange on the state COVID-19 map. That would shut down in-person classes for students, but it remains to be seen how it might affect the regional or state tournaments.”
The TCMS Golf Team also had one event last week, which was the Blind Draw Scramble hosted by the Wood County Middle School Golf League on Thursday, September 10, at the Minibel Golf Center in Vienna. The team from Tyler is not a member of Wood County League, but is invited to participate in some matches with teams from the Parkersburg area.
In the Blind Draw Scramble, players are paired with three others from different schools, giving them a chance to get to know other young golfers.
For the TCMS Knights, the team that included Trenton Webster placed second overall among 15 teams. They finished at Even Par for the round, with another team ending at Two Under Par to win the event.
Webster really enjoyed the scramble: “This match was my first official blind draw scramble. Although I had some trouble with the short fairways, my team had a lot of good shots and we came out in second place. Not bad!”
Three other Knights were part of the Scramble, with the team that included Colby Nichols tying for 5th; Luke Deaton’s team tied for 9th; and Cole Moore’s team tied for 12th.
Nichols was in his second blind draw scramble: “I had a fun time playing at Minibel again this year. I did pretty well and I was proud to land several on the green for my team.”
“The players have a lot of fun,” said Coach David Tucker of the scramble. “It’s something where players of all skill levels can contribute to the team effort.”
Both the high school and middle school teams are busy with matches this week. Monday saw the TCHS team host Ritchie, St. Marys, Paden City, and John Marshal JV. Yesterday, the middle school team traveled to Golf Club of WV to take on Ritchie and Van Devender Middle Schools. Today, the middle school team is hosting Linsly, Edison, and Jackson, while tomorrow the high school team plays at Mingo Bottom near Elizabeth as a warm-up to Monday’s LKC Tournament held there.
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