Back-to-back wins earned by Bearcat golfers during last week’s action

Dustin Keener calculates his shot while sizing up a putting green at Bridgeport Country Club. (Submitted photo)

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat Golf team wrapped up another exciting week of play, beginning with three back-to-back wins.

Last Monday, Aiden Sheme, Dustin Keener, Wyatt Poling, Corbin Knotts, Brayden Perks and Chris Anderson took to the rolling hills and plush greens of Tygart Lake Public Golf Course for the Bearcats to show University High School just what they were made of.

With a “home field” advantage, the Cats were victorious on the day earning a team total of 169 four strokes better than University High’s 173.

Keener showcased a mastery of the sport, earning low medalist for the day scoring 39 points.

Sheme kept his composure on the course, shooting 41 points followed closely by Knotts with 44. Poling (45), Perks (59) and Anderson (60) rounded out the scoring for the Cats.

Coming off their Monday victory, the Bearcats welcomed teams from Fairmont Senior and Elkins High Schools to Tygart on Tuesday and would once again claim the course. 

The team, consisting of Keener, Sheme, Poling, Knotts, John Matheny and Brayden Perks ended the day with a team total of 165 points.

Fairmont Senior shot a team total of 166 points, to earn second on the day, while the team from Elkins earned 193 points.

In another dazzling display of skill and execution, Keener was once again awarded low scorer, this time shooting one better than the day before, with a score of 38.

Sheme stayed consistent, once again earning 41 points, but it would be Poling following closely behind shooting only one stroke more with 42 points. Corbin (44), Matheny (53) and Perks (55) also performed well during the match.

The Cats would continue their winning ways on Wednesday, outshooting teams from Lewis County and Trinity High Schools during their third home match of the week at Tygart Lake Public Golf Course. 

Through the combined efforts of Keener, Sheme, Knotts, Poling Matheny and Caleb Stewart, the team shot a combined total of 167 points, 23 points better than the runners up.

During the contest, golfers from Trinity earned 190 total points, and Lewis County rounded out the day with 209 team points.

It would be Keener dominating the course once again, this time cutting his strokes by two, earning 36 points.

Sheme and Knotts both earned 43 points, followed by Poling with 45. Matheny (54) and Stewart (63) also played well during the match.

The Bearcat golfers rounded out their week of play, taking to the links of Bridgeport Country Club in a match-up against teams from Bridgeport, Buckhannon-Upshur and East Fairmont.

The Cats put on a good showing on the green, claiming a second-place finish with a team total of 182 points, just eight strokes behind the Bridgeport team (174) and one stroke better than East Fairmont (183). Buckhannon’s team rounded out the scoring, earning 193 total points.

Golf standout Keener once again claimed the lowest score for the team, shooting 43 points for the day, while Knotts came in with 45 points, followed by Sheme and Poling both earning 47. 

Once again, Matheny (56) and Stewart (62) helped add to an outstanding team finish for the Cats.

“We had a great week of golf,” voiced GHS Golf Head Coach Ed Moore. “Each week, we strive to get better, and this week, we did just that. I am proud of the effort I saw out of the golfers this week!”

Moore hopes that his team will carry the momentum gained during last week’s play into this week’s golfing action.

The GHS golf team was back at it on Monday, traveling to Buckhannon-Upshur. The Junior Varsity team welcomed teams from Fairmont Senior, East Fairmont and Preston to a home match on Tuesday, and the varsity team returns to Tygart Lake today, in a contest against Lincoln/Liberty, Bridgeport and Philip Barbour High Schools.

Results from those matches will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.

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