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Tyler Consolidated High School Golf Teams Finish Seasons

By Randy Rutherford - Sports Writer | Oct 6, 2021

The Tyler Consolidated High School and Middle School Golf Teams both finished up their 2021 seasons last week with home and away matches.

The high school team had two events last week, beginning with their annual Parents/Senior Night Match and dinner on Monday, September 27, at Sistersville Country Club. It is an enjoyable event which caps the season for three local teams.

Team scores were: Tyler – 185; Magnolia – 205; and Paden City – only two players.

Individual scores were: Mason Nichols – 39 (Medalist for the match); Landen Miller – 46; Chandler Ash – 47; Trenton Webster – 53; Luke Deaton – 55; Colby Nichols – 56; and Cole Moore – 63. For Paden City, Will McGinnis had 51, and Liam Clements had 64.

Coach Joe Griffith reflected on the evening: “Parents/Senior Night is a chance for all three teams to recognize their seniors, play a round of golf, and have a nice dinner. The weather was perfect, and with COVID restrictions, everyone brought lawn chairs and sat around the practice green to enjoy the dinner.”

The next day, Tuesday, September 28, four members of the team traveled to the Mingo Bottom Golf Course near Elizabeth, WV, to compete in the Region I Single A Tournament.

St. Marys edged out Wheeling Central by one stroke, but both teams qualified for the state tournament this week at the Speidel Jones Course at Oglebay Park, Wheeling. Individuals Blake Lewis of Parkersburg Catholic, along with Gavin Bosgraff of Williamstown, also advanced to play in the state tournament. Lewis shot 79, while Bosgraff shot 80 and then won the first hole of a playoff to determine a tie with Logan Hilkey of Ritchie.

Team results, counting the three lowest rounds out of the four players on each team, were: St. Marys – 236; Wheeling Central – 237; Williamstown – 256; Ritchie – 258; Tyler – 268; Parkersburg Catholic – 283; Magnolia – 343; Paden City – only two players.

Individual scores for the Knights were: Mason Nichols – 85; Landen Miller – 91; Chandler Ash – 92; and Luke Deaton – 112.

Team Co-Captain, Mason Nichols, was disappointed in not qualifying for states: “I definitely didn’t play my best at regionals. I was missing putts that I usually make, and just wasn’t feeling confident. I was in the fairway for most of the day, but my short game just wasn’t there.”

The other Co-Captain and fellow junior, Landen Miller, also felt that his score could have been lower: “At Regionals this year year I started out good then went down hill from there with bogeys and double bogeys.”

Coach Griffith commented that, “Mason and Landen both had a shot at qualifying as an individual, but that just didn’t happen. They are quality golfers who will work at their game between now and next year.”

“The LKC is a very tough conference for golf. There will be a lot of representation of teams and individuals from the LKC at this year’s state tournament, including St. Marys, Parkersburg Catholic, Roane, Calhoun, Wahama, Williamstown and Gilmer. The LKC has a lot of quality high school golfers!”

Following the regional tournament, the season record for the TCHS Knights ended at 19-49.

Miller looked forward to his senior year: “I’m looking forward to next year and getting better as an individual and as a team.”

Nichols also reflected on this season and next year: “This golf season was very enjoyable. I got the chance to play with some really great golfers, and I was very excited to make the LKC All-Conference team. “I’m set on two goals for next season. One, qualify for the state tournament. And two, win medalist for the LKC All-Conference team. I know both of these won’t be easy, but I’m willing to focus even more than this year. Next season I will be a senior, and I want to make it a year to remember.”

Freshman, Luke Deaton, looked back on his first season of high school golf: “Towards the end of the season, I made some shots that I know I couldn’t have made at the beginning of the season. I’m going to practice in the off season, mostly my short game. Hopefully I will come back next season with much lower scores.”

Coach Griffith summarized the season: “We have a great group of young golfers, and I think they are serious about really working on their game over the off-season. So next year we should do well, and come regional time, I look for us to improve on this year’s fifth place finish.”

The Middle School Knights also ended their season last week with a home match and an away tournament.

On Wednesday, September 29, the younger Knights hosted Hamilton, Marietta, and Marshall County teams at the Sistersville Country Club in a match postponed from two weeks before. Team scores were: Marshall County – 198; Marietta – 206; Tyler – 235; and Hamilton had only two players. Medalist for the match was Brandt Blake of Marshall County, who fired a nice round of seven over par, 41.

For the TCMS Knights, John Mace led the pack with his round of 21 over par, 55. Other Knight scores were: Morgan Fisher – 59; Aiden Smith – 60; Mason Clayton – 61; Jackson Smith – 63; Chase Camerlin – 64; William Northcraft – 67; and Dane Nelson – 68.

Morgan Fisher, the only girl on the Knights team, was pleased with her round: “I played my best round, and the results were phenomenal!”

William Northcraft, in his first year of golf, said that, “it was a different and challenging experience but by far my favorite sport. I am already looking forward to next season.”

On Thursday, September 30, the team finished off the 2021 season by traveling to the Clair-Mar Golf Course outside of Powhatan Point, Ohio, to compete in a tournament hosted by the Marshall County Middle School Golf Team.

Team scores were: Marshall County – 175; Ohio County – 286; Edison – 200; Linsly – 230; and Tyler Middle – 238. Medalist for the match was Andrew Pennybacker of Ohio County, who shot even par, 35.

For the Knights, John Mace once again led the way with his round of 21 over par, 56. Other scores were: Morgan Fisher – 59; Aiden Smith – 61; Mason Clayton – 62, Chase Camerlin – 63, and Jackson Smith – 63.

Morgan Fisher was awarded the medal for the second lowest score by a girl in the tournament.

The tournament gave the Middle School Knights a final record of 2-11 on the season.

Seventh grade golfer, John Mace, led the team in all of the matches this year, but felt he can improve for next year: “It was a fun season. There’s a few shots I’d like to do over, but overall it was a good season. I’m gonna work hard in the off season to improve.”

Jackson Smith was happy with his progress in his second season: “This golf season was great, plus I improved a lot over last year.”

Aiden Smith, in his first year of golf, said “It was great! I had a hard time sometimes, but got better by the end of the season.”

Coach David Tucker put the season in perspective: “We did not win a lot of middle school matches this year, but the improvement in shots by the players is great to see from the start of the season to the end. We should see some really good golf from these players over the next four or five years.”

As the season ends for the teams, the players from both the high school and middle school teams are appreciative of the Sistersville Country Club for allowing them to use the course for their practice and matches.

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.