GRAFTON—As the state championship match draws closer, the Grafton High School (GHS) Golf team continues to hit local courses, attempting to increase their skills and advance their program.
The Bearcats started off a busy week of play, making their way to Elkins Country Club on Monday to take on teams from Elkins and North Marion.
With calculated shots, the Cats found themselves winning the match, with a combined team total of 190 points, five points better than second-place’s Elkins team, who tallied up 195 points.
North Marion found difficulties during the day, and the team recorded a combined total of 216 points.
Corbin Knotts led the way for the Bearcats, scoring just 46 points at the match, followed closely by Aiden Sheme with 47 and Dustin Keener, who shot a 48.
Wyatt Poling also excelled on the course at Elkins Country Club, recording 49 points, and Caleb Stewart (54) and Brayden Perks (56) also added to the team total.
GHS then paid a visit to the Pines Country Club on Tuesday, taking on three other area schools.
Pitted against some stiff competition from Morgantown High School, Brooke High School and Preston High School, the Cats finished up the day in third place, with a team total of 194 points.
Morgantown claimed victory at the match, only recording 150 team points, followed by Preston High in second, with 173 shots recorded.
Brooke rounded out the placements for the day, shooting a combined team total of 197 points.
This time, scoring for the Bearcats was led by Sheme, who shot a 44 on the course, followed by Knotts, who recorded 48 points.
Poling was close behind, claiming a score of 50 strokes, two hits better than Perks, who recorded 52 points. Stewart, with 61 points, rounded out scoring for the Cats during the match.
Then, on Wednesday, the Bearcat golfers traveled to Green Hills Country Club in a matchup against Lincoln and North Marion High Schools.
Lincoln High dominated the course, claiming a first-place finish with 183 team points, with Grafton (199) finishing second and North Marion (201) in third place.
Poling outshot all the other golfers at the event, earning himself the title of Low Medalist, with a recorded 43 points on the scorecard.
Sheme was the next best golfer on the course for the Cats, earning 47 points, followed by Perks (51) and Stewart (58).
Noah Moats, with 61 points and Chris Anderson, who earned 62 points, rounded out the scoring for the Bearcats for the day.
To wrap up their golfing action for the week, the Bearcats welcomed teams from Buckhannon-Upshur and Philip Barbour High Schools to the links at Tygart Lake Public Golf Course on Thursday.
During the match, Grafton found themselves struggling, and earned a third-place overall finish, with a team total of 193 points.
It was Philip Barbour who found themselves finishing in first place, with their team recording just 174 strokes during the match, followed by Buckhannon with 189 points.
Sheme and Poling led the Bearcats in scoring, each recording 43 points for the day.
Stewart recorded 53 strokes on the card, followed closely with Anderson, with just one more at 54.
Moats (56) and Perks (63) also took to the course at Tygart for the Cats during the matchup.
The GHS Golfers have already been hitting the greens this week, and the results of those contests will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.