Elkins golfers fall in Big 10 match play

FAIRMONT — The Elkins Tigers fell just a few strokes behind Monday, as the North Marion Huskies took a team victory in match play at the Green Hills Country Club.

“We did things a little different than a normal golf match,” EHS coach David Baird said. “We did match play. Players are up against one person. If the person you’re playing against beats you on the hole, you get a point. You could win the first five holes and be up 5 points and the person you’re playing against doesn’t have enough holes left to come back and tie you, so you get the win. It’s the way in some states they do it and the pros play a couple tournaments that way. Our number one man plays their number one man, and so on.”

For the event, Dylan Reckart defeated Dylan Pavalok; Chase Reckart defeated Peyton Taylor; Luke Swecker lost to Michael Harris; Jacob Pritt lost to Lex Shaffer; Danny Corley halved with Bryce Rhoades; and Gabrielle Bedford lost Rylan Gump. The Huskies won the event 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.

“We lost as a team,” Baird said. “The Reckart boys won their matches and Danny Corley tied his match. They went all nine and neither of them were up. The rest of them lost.

“I did see Dylan play well. He commented on his round that he felt like he hit the ball better. I know that if he would have finished, he didn’t play one hole, he would have probably shot in the 30’s today, which is something that he’s been wanting to do. It’s where he should be shooting. I think he was pleased with how he hit the ball today and how he scored. I think it gave him some confidence because he beat North Marion’s number one man on his home course.

“I also think Chase had moments where he played well today. Any time you get a win, that’s a good thing, confidence-wise. There were one or two who didn’t win their matches, but they seemed OK and happy about the way they played. I think the people they played against just played better today. Sometimes you play well and you still lose,” Baird added.

Elkins returns to the links today to face Buckhannon-Upshur High School at the Buckhannon Country Club. Tee time is set for 4 p.m.