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TCHS Golfers Reach Halfway Point of Season

By Randy Rutherford - Sports Writer | Sep 1, 2021

TCHS Golfer Chandler Ash looks on as teammate Luke Deaton putts during a recent match

The TCHS Golf Team has completed action during their fourth week of the eight-week season. Rain once again affected their play, cancelling one match and delaying another.

The Knights hosted four other teams in a match on Monday, August 23.

The evening was very hot, but it also produced some good team scores. Ritchie came away with top honors, totaling 167 for four players. Other team scores were: Linsly – 175; Tyler – 175 (lost in the fifth player tie-breaker), Frontier – 183; and Paden City with three players.

For TCHS, junior Landen Miller led the way with his round of six-over-par, 40. Other Knight scores included Mason Nichols – 42; Chandler Ash – 45; Luke Deaton – 48; Trenton Webster -55; Cole Moore – 57; Colby Nichols – 58; and Cooper Clayton – 61.

For Paden City, players included Will McGinnis – 44; Liam Clements – 61; and Aaron Thorn -68. Medalist was Adam Gill, of Ritchie, with 36 on the Par-34 course.

“It was another scorcher,” said Coach Joe Griffith. “But for all of the teams to shoot under 185 meant that the heat didn’t affect their game all that much. I think they are becoming acclimatized to the heat.”

Co-captain, Mason Nichols, summarized his round by saying, “I didn’t play as well as I wanted Monday but I had a few nice recovery shots.”

Wednesday, August 25, the team traveled north to the Crispin Course at Oglebay Park, but when they stepped off the bus to see a black sky to the west, it didn’t look good for getting the match in.

The teams waited inside for the lightning and rain to abate, but when it was apparent that the last group would not tee off until at least 6 p.m., and so would not finish by dark, the coaches cancelled the match. It will not be made up because of the number of matches already scheduled.

Thursday, August 26, the team went downriver to Golf Club of WV along Rt. 31 south of Waverly to take on seven other LKC teams. A deluge met the team as they pulled into the course and saw a small river of run-off crossing the parking lot and flooding the practice green. But after a short delay, the storm let up and the teams took to the tee boxes.

St. Marys finished in first place with their team score of 164. Other scores included: Ritchie – 178; Williamstown – 187; Wahama – 188; Tyler – 209; and Wirt – 260. Ravenswood had two players, while Parkersburg Catholic had three players. Medalist was Gavin Bosgraf, of Williamstown, on his home course, with a round of two over par, 38.

For the TCHS team, Mason Nichols and Chandler Ash both had 47, Colby Nichols had 57, Luke Deaton was one stroke back at 58, and Cole Moore finished with 67.

Soggy fairways and greens, along with very humid conditions after the rain, made for tough going for some of the golfers.

“On some of the tee boxes, there was no getting away from standing in casual water while hitting your drives,” said Coach Griffith. “And there was almost no roll to the ball once it hit the ground.”

“The soggy greens at GCWV were really hard to putt on,” said Luke Deaton after his first time on the course. “But at least we got to play. I was really disappointed that our match on the hills of Crispin was cancelled.”

At the halfway point of the season, the team’s record now stands at 13-33.

Two high school matches this week included: Monday, August 30 at Switzerland of Ohio against Barnesville, Monroe Central, and St. Clairsville. Yesterday, the team made the long trip down the river to Mason, WV, to play the Riverside Golf Course against Wahama, Williamstown, Ravenswood and Parkersburg Catholic. Last year’s match at Riverside ended after about two holes because of lightning. The team will host Magnolia next Wednesday.

The middle school golf team sees their first action this afternoon with a home match at Sistersville Country Club. Opponents include Parkersburg Catholic, and Ritchie Middle Schools. Next Tuesday, the middle school team will travel to Marietta Country Club to take on Marietta and Blennerhassett Middle Schools.

Assistant Coach David Tucker is enthusiastic for the upcoming middle school matches: “We have eight golfers out this year, with six of them having some solid golfing experience under their belts. Two brand-new golfers are showing improvement with every practice. They are a great group of players to work with.”

To follow the stats for both the high school and middle school teams, you can go to www.tylerconsolidatedhighschool.org. Once the website opens, click on “Menu” at the top of the page, then “Documents” then “Athletics” and then “Golf.” This will bring up PDF files of all of the past golf matches for both high school and middle school teams for this year and last year. Note that you have to go to “Documents” before going to “Athletics” in order to find the stats.