GHS golfers continue to improve with impressive scoring last week


GRAFTON—Golf season continued for Grafton High School (GHS) last week, with another week of multiple matches.

The Bearcats were ready to start their week on Tuesday with a trip to the rolling hills of the Apple Valley Country Club to take on the Bees of East Fairmont. Unfortunately, the Cats would have to postpone their play, as inclement weather caused the cancellation of that match.

Ready to get back into it, the Bearcats eagerly welcomed teams from East Fairmont and Robert C. Byrd to Tygart Lake Public Golf Course on Thursday.

After a solid showing on their home course, the GHS team found themselves sitting in second place for the day with a team combined total score of 161, taking only two more shots than first place’s the East Fairmont Bees, who rounded out the day with a team total of 159 points.

Robert C. Byrd found some difficulty with the course at Tygart and ended their day with a score of 215 points.

GHS Golf sensation Dustin Keener once again led the Bearcats in scoring with a daily total of 37 points, a score that would help him tie for low medalist during the match.

Aiden Sheme and Corbin Knotts both shot an outstanding 41 points at Tygart, followed closely by Wyatt Poling, who claimed 42 points. Aaron Gallo (59) and Chris Anderson (61) rounded out scoring for the Bearcats.

The Varsity Cats weren’t the only GHS golfers to swing their clubs during the evening, as the Junior Varsity (JV) team also hit the links, taking on teams from East Fairmont, University and Trinity High Schools at Tygart.

The young Cats showcased impressive skill on the course, earning themselves a second-place finish with a team total of 212 points.

It would be East Fairmont’s JV team that claimed the first-place position, shooting a combined score of 199 points, while University finished in third with a score of 230 and Trinity earned fourth, with 250 points.

Noah Uhl led scoring for the JV Cats, with 50 strokes over par, and Caleb Stewart followed closely behind with 51 points.

GHS JV golfers Gavin Veltri (55), Brayden Perks (56), Noah Moats (60), Caroline Stead (69), Anna Poling (70) and Bella Upton (73) also hit the course during the match.

To round out the week, the Varsity Cats made the trip to Stonewall Resort as Lewis County welcomed them, along with teams from East Fairmont and Lincoln High Schools, for some head-to-head action.

The superb conditions and peaceful surroundings of the Arnold Palmer course at Stonewall welcomed the teams for an afternoon of competition on the greens. 

When all was said and done, the Cats (195) found themselves sitting comfortably in second place, coming in just three strokes behind the Minutemen of Lewis County, who rounded out the day with a team total of 192 points.

During the match, the Bees shot a combined score of 208, earning them a third-place finish, while Lincoln shot a collective total of 212 points, rounding out the teams in fourth place.

Sheme and Keener led scoring for the Cats, both taking to the course with impressive skill, calculated shots and calm dispositions, shooting just 48 over par. Corbin Knotts also performed well, coming in just one stroke more, with a score of 49 for the day.

With strong performances on the course, Poling (50), Gallo (64) and Anderson (67) rounded out scoring for the GHS team.

The Bearcat Golfers, determined to see a return to the state competition this October, are working every week to improve their skillset through contests with other area teams and have a busy lineup of action this week, with matches slated for four out of five days. 

Results from those matches will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.

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