TAYLOR COUNTY—The Grafton Bearcats Golf Team hit the course three days in a row, winning one match and coming in second the other two contests.
The Bearcats made their way to the Stonewall Resort Golf Course, in Weston, to take on teams from Lewis County, Robert C. Byrd (RCB) and Liberty on Monday.
The Grafton team would walk away with their heads high, earning the top finish with a score of 197, followed by RCB with 217 and Lewis County at 247. Unfortunately, the team from Liberty was disqualified, after one of their players was unable to finish.
It would be sophomore Bearcat golfers Brayden Palmer and Aiden Sheme leading their team, shooting 48. Wyatt Poling followed closely behind, earning a 49.
The remainder of the Bearcat score card included Dustin Keener (52), Corbin Knotts (56) and Caleb Stewart (62).
The Bearcats then welcomed teams from Buckhannon-Upshur (B-U) to the Tygart Lake Golf Course on Tuesday evening.
The matchup saw action from both the varsity and JV teams, and while Grafton would give it their best shot, they would fall to the B-U team by just 9 strokes.
Keener earned the Low Medalist title for the fourth time this season with his performance on Tuesday, shooting a 38.
The remainder of the Bearcat score card included Brayden Palmer, who recorded a 46; Aiden Sheme, with 47; Wyatt Poling and Corbin Knotts each recording a 50; and Caleb Stewart rounding out the team with a 55.
In JV action, Brayden Perks earned a 65, Gavin Veltri recorded a 70; Chris Anderson logged a 71 and Aaron Gallo shot a 73.
Up next, Grafton hit the road once more, traveling north to Morgantown’s Pines Country Club.
“The GHS golf team had a good night at the Pines,” voiced Coach Ed Moore. “I’m very pleased overall with the performances given by these young golfers.”
The Bearcats shot well, but their performance just wasn’t enough to be take down the competition.
University High School claimed the victory with a combined team score of 166, while Grafton came in second, shooting a 174.
Trinity would round out the match, earning third place with a score of 205.
Representing the Bearcats were Sheme and Keener, each recording a 41. Poling who recorded a 45 and Palmer who shot a 47 also showed strong standings, along with Knotts who rounded out the score card with a 50.
And while the team continues to perform well, Moore said improvements are still being made.
The Bearcats will have a little time to rest up for their next match, the Big 10 Conference Tournament, scheduled for Monday, September 20. Details are still forthcoming, so be sure to keep an eye out for future editions!