GRAFTON—The Grafton High School golf team competed in their first tournament of the season Friday under new head coach Ed Moore as they headed to Charleston to participate in the Capital City Classic at Edgewood Country Club.
25 teams with 95 players participated in the event which saw George Washington place first for the third consecutive year. The Patriots are on a roll as of late, coming off their first state championship season since 1989 and winning Friday’s event for the third time in just as many tries.
At the conclusion of the first round on Friday, the top five teams with the lowest overall scores were George Washington’s “A” team at +15, Hurricane at +18, Shady Spring at +23, and Cabell Midland’s “A” team at +30.
For Grafton, a couple of the Bearcat golfers managed to claw and scratch their way to respectable individual performances.
Senior Caden Moore shot a team-low 77 to finish in a sixth-place tie with George Washington’s Colton Gillespie and North Marion’s Michael Harris.
Junior Chris Miller finished four strokes behind Moore, shooting an 81 and along with Moore, landing in the top 20 out of the 95 golfers competing.
Grafton’s Gage Colebank and Logan Jones also showed improvement throughout the tournament in which the four Bearcat golfers who made the trip played at the course for the first time ever. Also adding to the challenges was the fact that Edgewood is a private country club and therefore, many of the teams were not allowed a practice round, including Grafton.
“I was very pleased with the outcome of the tournament considering this was the first time any of the boys had ever played there,” said Bearcats’ head coach Ed Moore. “I am confident the team will continue to improve throughout the season.”
Grafton returns to action on Thursday, August 15th at the Tygart Lake Public Golf Course as they host the East Fairmont Bees in their first home match of the season. Tee-off is scheduled for 4:00pm.