Bearcat golf team competes in back-to-back matches


TAYLOR COUNTY— The Bearcat golf program had a busy week with back-to-back matches on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8. 

Following a couple of tough tournaments in Fairmont, and a cancellation of one on August 31, the Bearcats traveled to Morgantown to compete at Mountainview Golf Course. 

The course winds through the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and will have players needing every club in their bag to master its unique design, featuring 6,447 yards that wind through the Allegheny Forest offering up plenty of challenges. 

The young Bearcats were pinned up against experienced teams from Trinity and University High Schools.

Representing Grafton was freshman Corbin Knotts, who has been greatly committed to improving his game and has shown great success since the start of the season. 

Knotts has been improving his personal scores with each tournament he competes in and shot a 61 while in Morgantown. 

The remainder of the Bearcat score card features second year golf tea members and sophomores Wyatt Poling, who recorded a 63, and Brayden Palmer who shot a 52, as well as standout Dustin Keener. 

Keener earned the Low Medalist title for the third time this season with his performance on Tuesday, shooting a 45. 

The team’s total score adding up to 221 just wouldn’t be enough to beat out their opponents. 

University topped the match with a total of 196, while Trinity earned second with a score of 218. 

The Bearcats then hosted on Wednesday, welcoming the competition to Tygart Lake Public Golf Course for their first home match of the season. 

This time, Grafton would be contending against Lewis County, Philip Barbour, University and Elkins High Schools, and once again, University would come out victorious, with a low team total of 164. 

Grafton did have an improved team performance, adding sophomore Aiden Sheme and freshman Caleb Stewart to their card for the home contest. 

Stewart shot a 68, Sheme and Poling both recorded a 51, Knotts earned a 49, Palmer finished with a 48 and Keener led his team shooting a 47, for a team total of 195. 

This score placed the Bearcats in third just behind second place Philip Barbour (178) and ahead of fourth place Elkins (200). Lewis County faced some team struggles and came in fifth with a total of 234. 

Coach Ed Moore is pleased overall with the performances given by his young golfers and said improvements are still being made. 

The team is scheduled to compete again on Monday, September 13 at Stonewall Resort. 

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