GRAFTON—Although times have been tough for our local athletes lately, Taylor County was still able to kick off fall sports competition as the Grafton High School golf team hosted Fairmont Senior, Elkins, and Trinity Christian at the Tygart Lake Public Golf Course on Tuesday.
The Bearcats return two players from last year’s squad who finished third overall at Regionals, seniors
Christopher Miller and Frankie Spring, and welcome six newcomers. Seniors Carson Lambert and Mia Chambers, as well as freshmen Brayden Palmer, Dustin Keener, Aiden Sheme, and Wyatt Poling, comprise the rest of the GHS roster.
Miller, a standout on the 2019 Grafton team, found himself busy this summer, playing in the Callaway Junior Tour at courses all over the state and finishing first in his age division. He also qualified for the WV Amateur Tournament, held in July at the Greenbrier Resort in While Sulphur Springs.
GHS second-year head coach Ed Moore seemed extremely optimistic about Miller and Spring leading his new-look Bearcats into the 2020 season.
“Christopher is our workhorse,” said Moore after Tuesday’s match. “He’s worked really hard to get where he is and I’m expecting big things out of him. And Frankie is the only other second-year player on our team. I have seen steady improvement in his game and I’m looking for a big year out of him as well.”
The Polar Bears would go on to win Tuesday’s quad match with a solid team score of 177. The Bearcats tied with Trinity for second place with matching scores of 197, while Elkins narrowly came in fourth with a score of 204.
Miller won low medal honors with a round of 37 and was followed by teammates Frankie Spring (50), Mia Chambers (54), Aiden Sheme (56), Dustin Keener (57), and Brayden Palmer (62).
Grafton was back in action the very next night as they hosted East Fairmont, Oak Glen, and Lewis County.
Miller again led the Bearcats with a round of 35, capturing low medal honors for the second straight match as the Bearcats (183) finished 22 strokes ahead of Lewis County. Oak Glen finished just behind the Minutemen with a score of 206, while East Fairmont finished last with a 221.
Rounding out the scoring for Grafton was Sheme (48), Spring (50), Keener (50), Chambers (56), and Palmer (61).
The Bearcats were back in action on Friday as four of their players participated in a tournament at Bel Meadows Golf Course in Clarksburg but results from that event were not immediately available.