GRAFTON—Amid a national pandemic when spring and summer sports have either been suspended or canceled altogether, another Grafton Bearcats’ star athlete has given their commitment to play at the next level.
In front of family and friends at Tygart Lake Public Golf Course on Monday, GHS senior golfer Caden Moore signed the paperwork that will officially make him a Fairmont State Falcon for the next four years.
A 1st-Team All-State selection this past season after placing third at the state tournament at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, Moore said it was a couple of things that caught his attention about Fairmont State.
“They have a nice campus there and I know some of the kids on the golf team, such as Clark Craig from Fairmont Senior. I have competed against him in the past.”
Although he’s one of the best golfers in the area, Moore stated that he even though he hasn’t been playing for very long compared to other golfers his age, he makes up for it by getting in as many rounds in as he can.
“I started playing in the summer after my eighth-grade year,” Moore stated. “One of my friends asked me to come to the course, so I went and fell in love with it after that. Right now, I try to play four-to-five days a week, but with the way the weather has been lately, it’s hard because it rains almost every day.”
Moore also went on to explain that another important factor that led to him choosing Fairmont State was the proximity of the campus to home, as it would allow his parents to come and watch him play often.
His father, Ed Moore, just completed a successful first season as the GHS golf coach and the younger Moore explained how his dad has helped him not only with his game, but also with the recruiting process, and was genuinely appreciative of his father’s influence and expectations.
“It was fun,” Moore said about playing as a member of his father’s golf team this past season. “He held me to a higher standard, but I enjoyed it (the pressure). And I did have interest from several schools, including West Virginia Wesleyan, but we just couldn’t make it work.”
When asked about the decision his son made to continue his education in at FSU as a member of the Fighting Falcons’ golf team, the elder Moore was extremely optimistic about what the future holds for Caden.
“Fairmont State has a good, solid program,” said a proud Moore. “Since taking it over, Sarah (Yost) has done a good job down there. It seems like grades are number one, then instruction, then discipline, and then golf, and I think that’s big. But honestly, the sky is the limit for him. He’s only played for four years and he’s already one of the best young kids in the state. And when you get the opportunity, you just never know what can happen.”
The younger Moore, who plans on majoring in Occupational Safety at Fairmont State, said he doesn’t know what the future holds after college, but he knows that when it comes to golf, he has already set one goal for himself at FSU. “Become an All-American.”