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Mason Nichols Earns All-LKC Golf Honors

By Randy Rutherford - Sports Writer | Oct 5, 2021

Mason Nichols Earns All LKC Golf Honors

Tyler Consolidated High School Golf Team Co-Captain Mason Nichols shot a round of 10 over par to earn All-LKC Golf Honors in last week’s action for the high school team. The Tyler Middle School golfers also picked up a win in their match last week.

The 2021 Little Kanawha Conference Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 20, at the Mingo Bottom Golf Course near Elizabeth, WV. Knight golfer Mason Nichols, a junior, had a solid round, ending with a score of 82. This was good enough to earn him a spot on the all-tournament team, as he finished with the eighth lowest score among the 55 golfers.

“I was super excited to make all conference for LKC,” said Nichols. “I wasn’t making any key putts on the front 9, but on the back 9, I was knocking down every putt inside 12 feet.”

His coach, Joe Griffith, was also excited that Mason made All-LKC. “Mason has really worked at his game over the past few years.

He has made the effort to play in a lot of different summer tournaments around the area, and this had helped to sharpen his skills on many kinds of courses.”

Team scores for the LKC Tournament were: St. Marys – 311; Ritchie – 353; Williamstown – 365; Wahama – 370; Roane – 372; Gilmer – 380; Calhoun – 386; Tyler – 398; Wirt – 476. Teams with fewer than four golfers included Braxton, Webster, Parkersburg Catholic, and Ravenswood.

Other golfers earning a spot with Nichols on the All-LKC Team included all five of the St. Marys players: Grant Barnhart – 75; Brayden Hall – 78; Brandon Lawhon – 79; Trent Renner – 79; and Preston Lawhon – 80. Blake Lewis of Parkersburg Catholic shot 78 on the day, and the overall medalist for the tournament was a young lady from Roane County, Emerson Simons, who shot two over par, 74. Simons is a junior.

“I believe that in all of my years of coaching golf, this is the first time that a female golfer has been medalist at a conference or regional tournament that we have played in,” said Coach Griffith.

“I think it’s great that more girls are playing high school and middle school golf. And obviously, some of those girls, such as Emerson, are very excellent golfers.”

For the Knights, in addition to Nichols’ round of 82, Chandler Ash had 97, followed by Colby Nichols – 109; Luke Deaton – 110; and Cole Moore – 132.

Deaton reflected on his round: “I was excited to play for the first time in the LKC Tournament at Mingo Bottom GC. That is a nice course with some tough holes!”

Monday, they hosted Magnolia and Paden City for the annual Parents/Senior Night match at Sistersville Country Club, with a dinner for all three teams afterwards. Yesterday, they competed in the regional tournament at Mingo Bottom. From the regional, two teams qualify to go to the state tournament, along with two individuals not on the qualifying teams.

Regional results will be in next week’s paper, but going into regionals, Nichols and Deaton offered their comments:

“I’m glad that Regionals is at the same location that LKCs were,” said Nichols. “I’m getting familiar with Mingo Bottom and the course has about 5 birdie holes that I always try to take advantage of. I think if I shoot around 5 over par at Regionals, that’ll be enough to qualify for states.”

Deaton, a freshman who also has worked diligently throughout the offseason to improve his skills, added his comments prior to his first regional tournament:

“I am excited about playing that course again in the Regional Tournament. Hoping I can improve my score by a few strokes. I hate to see the season end, though. I’ve had a good time playing some nice courses this year.”

The LKC Tournament moved the season record for the Knights to 15-46, with the above two matches early this week finishing the team’s season.

A match scheduled for this past Thursday at Worthington Golf Course was canceled because of wet course conditions. It will not be made up.

The TCMS golf team also saw action last week, as they traveled to Golf Club of WV, near Waverly, WV, on Tuesday, September 21, to take on Parkersburg Catholic Middle, and Marietta St. Marys Middle.

There was a light rainfall throughout the evening, but the Middle Knights were able to eke out a win by one stroke over Parkersburg Catholic, while losing to the Marietta St. Marys team. Final scores were: Marietta St. Marys Middle – 218; Tyler Middle – 240; and Parkersburg Catholic Middle – 241.

For the Knights, seventh grade golfer, John Mace, led the way with his round of 15 over par, 51. Other TCMS scores included: Chase Camerlin – 62; Mason Clayton – 62; Morgan Fisher – 65; Aiden Smith – 67; Jackson Smith -72; William Northcraft – 72; and Dane Nelson – 72.

Sixth-grader, Chase Camerlin, had a good round, and commented that “It was a new course for most of us, but I think our team did well. Thankfully, the rain was light enough that it didn’t affect our play.”

First-year golfer, Aiden Smith, enjoyed his round on the hills of a new course, as the seventh-grader shot his best score of the season: “It was a good match. I messed up a few times, but then I was able to get back on track the next hole.”

The season record for the middle school golfers following the match stands at 2-5. Today the team is hosting middle school teams from Hamilton, Marietta, Marshall County and Ohio County in a make-up match originally scheduled for September 15.

Tomorrow, the team will finish off the season at ClairMar Golf Course, near Powhatan, Ohio, as they compete in a middle school tournament hosted by the Marshall County Middle School Golf Team.

To follow the stats for both the high school and middle school teams, you can go to www.tylerconsolidatedhighschool.org

Tyler Consolidated High School

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.