GHS golfers faced with difficulties on the green during last week’s play


GRAFTON—The season continues for the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat Golf team, and coming off of an exceptional week, the Cats hoped to continue with their winning ways.

However, the week held some difficulty for the golfers, as they competed against multiple teams during their two matches of the week.

First up, GHS hit the links at Stonewall last Monday, against golfers from Buckhannon-Upshur, Lewis County, Petersburg, Bridgeport and Philip Barbour High Schools. 

The Cats would give it their best shot but found themselves finishing in third place with a team total of 187, just strokes behind Philip Barbour (184) and Buckhannon Upshur (185).

Bridgeport (198) and Lewis County (201) rounded out the standings, coming in fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Cats were once again led by golfing standout Dustin Keener whose score of 43 was low enough to tie as low medalist for the day, along with two other golfers.

Aiden Sheme was close behind, shooting a 45 during the match, followed by Wyatt Poling, who recorded 47 strokes. Corbin Knotts (52) and Caleb Stewart (55) would also take to the green for GHS during the match.

The Cats were ready to get back in action on Tuesday, however that match was cancelled due to inclement weather, giving the team some time to rest up before welcoming teams to their home course.

On Wednesday, the Bearcats were hoping that their home course advantage would help them secure a great finish while competing against teams from Bridgeport, Lincoln and Philip Barbour at the Tygart Lake Public Golf Course.

The golfers from Bridgeport would find themselves named the first-place finishers, shooting a team combined score of 165, followed closely by Philip Barbour, who earned a total of 167 points.

The GHS team, comprised of Keener, Sheme, Knotts, Poling, Stewart and Brayden Perks, would once again find themselves in third place, with a combined team total of 170 points. Lincoln rounded out the day with a fourth-place finish, shooting a total of 182 points.

Keener would once again lead in individual scoring for the Bearcats, shooting 40 over par for the day, followed by Knotts (40), Poling (44) and Sheme (46). Perks and Stewart both shot 54 for the day, rounding out the scoring for the Cats.

The Junior Varsity golfers saw action on Thursday, with a home match at Tygart against Morgantown High School.

The young golfers put on a good showing, but when the last golfer finished the course, it would be Morgantown who was victorious, with a team score of 174.

Jonathan Matheny and Noah Moats led in scoring for the Bearcats, both claiming 50 points for their team, followed closely by Gavin Veltri, who shot a 53.

Chris Anderson (56), Noah Uhl (56), Aaron Gallo (57), Anna Poling (66), Chelsea Mauller (69), Bella Upton (70) and Caroline Stead (70), all contributed to a GHS team total of 209 points.

The Cats started their week out with action on the greens against East Fairmont and Elkins at Apple Valley last night, and will head to Stonewall on Thursday, where they will meet up with East again, as well as Lincoln.

The JV Bearcat golfers will welcome University High and East Fairmont to Tygart Lake Public Golf Course in a home match this evening.

Be sure to keep your eyes on upcoming editions of the Mountain Statesman to learn the results of those matchups.

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