Bearcat golfers rally after rough start to last week’s action

The Grafton High School Bearcat Golf team of Dustin Keener, Aiden Sheme, Corbin Knotts and Wyatt Poling take a moment away from tournament play to pose with Coach Ed Moore during their match at Big Bend Country Club, on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Ed Moore)

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Golf Team continued season action last week, with multiple trips to the links.

On Monday, six Bearcat golfers took to the greens at Fairmont Field Club, as East Fairmont High School played host to four teams during their home match.

The course, with its rolling hills, tight fairways and smooth greens, has been hailed as both challenging and rewarding, forcing golfers of varying skill levels to think hard about their shots.

The venue proved to be a challenge for the Grafton team, comprised of Aiden Sheme, Dustin Keener, Corbin Knotts, Wyatt Poling, Brayden Perks and Chris Anderson. After all was said and done, the team placed fourth out of four teams, with a total score of 202.

The low shooter for the Cats was Sheme, with 46 over par, followed by Keener at 47. 

Knotts rounded out the day with a personal score of 53, Poling came in close behind with 56 points, Perks shot a 59 and Anderson finished with 65.

In true Bearcat fashion, the golfers rallied and on Wednesday, they were ready for action, taking on 19 teams in Tornado, West Virginia, at Big Bend Country Club. 

During the match, the Grafton golfers placed eighth, outperforming 12 other teams. With smart hits and long drives, the Cats brought in a total score of 258 for the day.

Keener claimed the title of low scorer for this match, shooting an 86 on the course.

Knotts (85), Sheme (91) and Poling (92) also put up decent numbers to help propel their team to a comfortable seating.

On Thursday, the Junior Varsity (JV) team saw action for the first time this season, with a home match at Tygart Lake Public Golf Course. 

The golfers earned a team total of 215 during the match, with John Matheny earning low scorer for the day, shooting 52.

Gavin Veltri shot 53 over par, followed by Anderson, Caleb Stewart and Bella Upton all earning 55 points. Rounding out the scores for Grafton were Chelsea Mauller (58), Noah Moats (60), Noah Uhl (62), Caroline Stead (63) and Aaron Gallo (69) and Anna Poling (69).

The varsity Cats then rounded out the week at the Marion County Invitational, held at Green Hills Country Club, located in Fairmont. The match was hosted by the Fairmont Senior High School team.

Again, Keener claimed the title of low scorer for the Cats, shooting an 86.

Sheme (91), Knotts (95) and Perks (115) rounded out the scoring for the Bearcats, who finished the day with a total team score of 272, earning them an 11th place seating out of 15 teams.

“We are working hard and continuing to improve every week,” voiced Bearcat Golf Head Coach Ed Moore.

The Cats are back in action this week, having hosted home matches on Monday, Tuesday and today. They will finish up this week’s play on the road. The results of those contests will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.

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