Silver Knights Golfers Have Full Slate of Matches
The golf teams from Tyler Consolidated High and Middle Schools were busy this past week, with each team having a home and an away match. With only a week left in their seasons, the golf teams have both had a full slate of matches.
The TCHS Knights Golf Team hosted four other teams on Monday, September 14, at the Sistersville Country Club. The Knights could only manage one win on the night, losing out to two of the top teams in the area. St. Marys took the overall win for the match, with an excellent team score of 156. Ritchie came in ten strokes higher at 166, with the Knights totaling 200 to beat John Marshall’s 226. Paden City had two players.
Individual scores were: Mason Nichols – 42; Landen Miller – 51; Chandler Ash – 51; Jesse Griffith – 57; Isaac Melvin – 57; and Samantha Melvin – 67. For Paden City, Will McGinnis had 47, while Liam Clements had 56. Overall medalist for the match was Grant Barnhart of St. Marys, with a round of one over par, 35.
“We only had one player in the 40s, and we can’t win very many matches that way,” said Coach Joe Griffith.
“St. Marys and Ritchie both have very strong teams that will be tough for anyone to beat in regionals next Monday.”
The TCHS team traveled to Mingo Bottom Golf Course near Elizabeth in Wirt County on Thursday, September 17, where they participated in a multi-team event that served as a warm-up for the LKC Tournament this past Monday.
Team scores for the match held on the back nine were: St. Marys – 157; Ritchie – 168; Roane – 168; Braxton – 186; Tyler – 193; Williamstown – 193; Calhoun – 202; and Gilmer – 204. Overall medalist again was Grant Barnhart of St. Marys, who fired an excellent round of two under par, 34.
For the Knights, individual scores were: Landen Miller – 43; Mason Nichols – 46; Chandler Ash – 50; Jesse Griffith – 54; Isaac Melvin – 55; and Samantha Melvin – 72.
“I was glad to see that we were able to bring our scores down at bit from our earlier match last week,” said Coach Griffith. “Even though three of our players had not played Mingo before, we scored lower than we did at home.”
Landen Miller reflected on his round of 43: “I played better than I did at Sistersville on Monday, but I know that I still can drop a couple of strokes when I play LKCs there at Mingo.”
Mason Nichols commented on playing the ball down in preparation for conference and regional play coming up: “The course was in rough shape in some spots, so playing the ball down made it very difficult to hit the shot you wanted. I struggled getting the ball close to the pin from 100 yds and closer. But I know the course better now, so hopefully I can produce a better score at LKC’s.”
First year player, Samantha Melvin, found the course to be challenging. “This was my first time playing at Mingo Bottom and I will say I was not expecting such difficult terrain.”
The team played the LKC Tournament at Mingo Bottom this past Monday, and results will be in next week’s TCHS golf report.
Following last week’s matches, the TCHS Knights have a season record of 14-21. After playing in the LKC Tournament Monday, today the team is hosting Magnolia and Paden City for their Senior Night match at Sistersville Country Club.
The high school team will compete in the Region I Tournament on Monday, September 28, at the Crispin Golf Course, Oglebay Park, Wheeling. “It is possible that we could qualify a player from our team to go on to the state tournament, but there are a lot of very good individual players in our region, so it will be tough to do so.”
The Middle School Golf Team played in back-to-back matches on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. On Tuesday, they traveled south to the Golf Club of WV, where they took on Van Devender and Ritchie Middle Schools.
The Knights came away with two victories in the match. Team scores were: Tyler Middle – 223; Ritchie Middle – 238; and Van Devender – 254. Medalist for the match was Gunner Stansberry of Ritchie, who shot 50 on the Par 35 back nine.
Individual scores for TCMS were: Trenton Webster – 51; Luke Deaton – 57; Cooper Clayton – 57; Colby Nichols – 58; Cole Moore – 58; and John Mace – 59.
“Golf Club of WV is not at all a flat course,” said Assistant Coach David Tucker. “We like for our players to have a chance to play hilly courses, since it gives them a lot of different shots that they don’t get on their home course.”
Sixth grade player, John Mace, agreed that GCWV is a challenge: “The course at Waverly is hard! The greens were really fast, and it’s really hilly.”
Last Wednesday, the younger Knights returned to the fairways of Sistersville Country Club, where they hosted three other teams-two from Parkersburg and one from Wheeling.
Team scores were: Edison Middle – 167; Jackson Middle – 171; Linsly Middle – 193; and Tyler Middle – 194. Medalist for the match was Linsly’s Adam Gill, who shot a very nice round of three over par, 37.
“Here was another case of losing by just one stroke,” said Coach Griffith. “We have all had rounds where we know that we could have saved one stroke, or maybe two. That would have been enough for our team to win over Linsly.
Low team scorer for the Knights was Luke Deaton, who was pleased with his 41: “Good drives off the tee helped me accomplish my goal this year of getting into the 40’s.”
Fellow eighth-grader, Trenton Webster, was disappointed that his score went up from the previous night, even though it was his best effort at home this season. “The match started out rough for me. I had a hard time getting the ball down the fairways on my first two holes,” said Webster. “I had three really good golfers in my group and I think that gave me the drive I needed to shoot a personal best at our home course.”
After last week’s competition, the TCMS Knights have a record of 2-5 on the season. This week, they will travel tomorrow to Marietta to the Pioneer Golf Center behind Walmart, where they will take on Marietta St. Marys and Spencer Middle.
Next week, the team will have their final match of the season, as they travel to Wheeling Park to take on Linsly on Wednesday, September 30.