Bearcats take big win at Oak Glen

The Bearcat Golf team stands proud after earningtheir first win of the season, with a team total of 180, while competing at a tournament in Oak Glen.

Sophomore Dustin Keener earns low medalist

OAK GLEN—The Bearcat golf team yielded their best performance of the season on Thursday at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf Course. 

Grafton made the trip with five determined team members in tow, Dustin Keener, Aiden Sheme, Brayden Palmer, Wyatt Poling and Corbin Knotts. These Cats proved that determination pays off. 

Challenged with a scenic 18-hole, par 72, brutal heat and humidity, the Grafton team put on an outstanding performance playing nine holes.

For freshman Knotts, this was his first time taking to the links as a Bearcat golfer, but he wasted no time making a name for himself, as he stuck with his elder teammates and shot an impressive 52. 

Meanwhile, Poling and Sheme had respectable showings of their own recording a 49 and 48. 

Sophomore Palmer was quick to find his swing for the day, coming in at one under on the first hole, which was a Par 5, and continued to find success as he made his way through the course and finished with a score of 43. 

And once again leading the way for the Bearcats was Keener. The sophomore made par on four of the nine holes played and eagled on the final hole, recording three strokes on the Par 5 to end the day with an impressive total of 40. 

This performance earned Keener the Low Medalist Award and assisted Grafton to their first tournament win of the season with a team total of 180, five strokes better than the second-place team. 

With a win of this magnitude under their belt so early in the season, the young Bearcat golf team is sure to make great strides as the season progresses. 

The Cat were slated to compete in Buckhannon on Monday, August 16, however, that match was cancelled due to weather conditions. Yesterday, the team made their way to Bel Meadows to play. The results from that match will be in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.

Grafton’s busy schedule continues as they will be back in action today, taking to their home course, and hitting the greens of Tygart Lake Public Golf Course, hoping to add another win. 



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