Tigers to compete in Big 10 golf tourney today

BRIDGEPORT – The Elkins High School golf team will compete in the Big 10 Tournament today at the Bridgeport Country Club.

Tiger coach David Baird is very optimistic about his team’s chances.

Elkins narrowly lost to East Fairmont by one stroke last week in a four-team Big 10 conference match.

“East Fairmont is probably the deepest team in our conference,” Baird said. “I think we have a good chance of winning the conference tournament this year with Braden Hammond and Kollin Hopwood leading us.”

Baird continued, “Braden and Kollin both have an excellent shot at being the tournaments’ individual leader and both are in position to garner Big 10 Player of the Year honors.”

Hammond is going into the tournament with a 76 scoring average while Kollin Hopwood is averaging 78. The last Elkins High golfer to be named conference player of the year was Nick Patella in the 1990s, according to Baird.

The postseason roster also includes Kole Hopwood, Joseph Severino and Brendan Cain.

“Kole has been very consistent this year averaging an 86 and has been playing well lately,” Baird said.

“I expect both Joseph and Braden to play well and help us win our first title in over 20 years.”

In addition to Elkins’ Hammond and Kollin Hopwood, other top players in the conference are Philip-Barbour’s Luke Freeman and Logan Collins, East Fairmont’s Brennan Vincent, Fairmont Senior’s Bailey Moore and Grafton’s Tyler Critchfield.