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Tyler Middle School Golfers Begin Season

By Randy Rutherford - Sports Writer | Sep 8, 2021

Tyler Consolidated Middle School Golf Team

The Tyler Consolidated Middle School Knights Golf Team began action for the 2021 last week with a win over Ritchie in a home match, while the high school team didn’t fare so well in their match against Monroe Central and others.

The 2021 Tyler Middle School Golf Team features eight members including 8th – Mason Clayton and Dane Nelson (not in above photo); 7th – Morgan Fisher, John Mace, Aiden Smith and Jackson Smith; 6th – Chase Camerlin and William Northcraft.

The junior Knights opened their season Thursday, September 2, with a win at the Sistersville Country Club as they took on the Ritchie Middle Blazers in a match postponed from the day before because of Hurricane Ida. Team scores were: Tyler Middle – 241; Ritchie Middle – 256.

John Mace, in his second year with the team, led all scorers on the evening with his round of 53 on the par 34 course. Other Knights scores were: Chase Camerlin – 61; Morgan Fisher – 62; Mason Clayton – 65; Aiden Smith – 67; Jackson Smith – 68; and William Northcraft – 68.

Mace was pleased with parts of his round, and happy with the win: “The first few holes were kind of rough, but I’m happy with how my match turned out. And I’m pretty excited with our first team win!”

Coach David Tucker was also pleased with the win: “There is a good bit of young talent with this year’s crew. John was the only player in the 50s, and our other scores showed a lot of promise, too.”

The win moves the season record to 1-0 for the middle school team. This week, they traveled to Marietta Country Club yesterday to take on Marietta and Blennerhassett Middle teams. Tomorrow, four of their players will take part in the Wood County League Blind Draw Scramble at the Minibel Golf Center, in Vienna, WV. For this event, each player is matched with golfers from three other schools to create a team competing on the par three holes of the Minibel. It is a fun and popular event for the middle school teams.

The Tyler High School Golf Team also saw action last week, as they traveled to the Switzerland of Ohio Country Club just outside of Beallsville, OH. None of the five Knights players had ever played there before, and that was evident from the final scores.

Team scores were: St. Clairsville – 156; Barnesville – 159; Fort Frye – 166; Monroe Central – 187; and Tyler – 207. Medalist was Zander Potts, of Monroe Central, with an even-par round of 35 on his home course.

For TCHS, junior Mason Nichols led the way with his round of 41, followed by Chandler Ash – 53; Luke Deaton – 54; Colby Nichols – 59; and Cole Moore – 68. Colby Nichols reflected on his first round of playing the Switzerland course: “Switzerland was a nice course and a fun place to play. I enjoyed playing there, but it was rather difficult at times, especially since it was my first time there.”

Coach Joe Griffith commented that, “I was glad that our players got the chance to play on the hills of the Switzerland course after being rained out last year, but the players are used to playing flat courses and their inexperience on hills showed in their scores. The course is in excellent condition–both the fairways and greens are very nice compared to some years in the past.”

The high school Knights now have a record of 13-37 on the season. They are hosting a home match today with Magnolia, starting at 4:15.

The HS team has matches on September 13 at St. Marys, and at Riverside vs. Magnolia on September 14 and the MS team also has a match on September 14, at St. Marys. And on September 15 at home vs. JM, Hamilton, Marietta, and Ohio County.