Elkins’ Reckart makes all-conference squad
CLARKSBURG — Elkins golfer Dylan Reckart’s score was low enough to earn his way on the Big 10 Conference golf team Monday, but it wasn’t enough to help the Tigers capture the Conference crown at the Bel Meadows Golf Course.
Fairmont Senior claimed the team championship, while Bridgeport’s Mason Williams walked away with the low medal.
“It was pretty close,” EHS coach David Baird said. “The fourth, fifth and sixth place teams were all bunched right in there together. Dylan (Reckart) was named to the all-conference and all-tournament teams. He shot an 83 today and he was voted in to the first team all conference …
“With this being our regional golf course also, there is about six of us from our region that are also in our conference, so we’re battling with Lewis and most likely Bridgeport in our region for one of the spots to go to states. We lost to Bridgeport, team wise, but beat Lewis County. If we can do that again next week, that might give us the ticket. Those are the teams that we’re looking at. It’s close.
“With Dylan shooting an 83, we definitely need that, if not better, next week. I would be pleased if he shoots that. Luke (Swecker) and Chase (Reckart) shot 95 today,” he said.
“It’s a tough golf course that they’ve struggled with. It’s a really tough back nine. We’re going to go over there before Monday and figure out smart ways to play the golf course so we can score better. I figure if those two can shave a few strokes off that score then we won’t have to worry to much about anyone. I think we will be able to punch our ticket to go to states. They know what they have to do. It’s out in front of them,” he added.
Dylan Reckart was among the top golfers on Monday, finishing the course with 83 strokes. Chase Reckart and Luke Swecker both completed the course with 95 strokes, while Jacob Pritt notched 106 strokes to round out the team scoring for EHS.
Fairmont won the championship with 332 combined points. Preston County took second with 365 combined strokes, while Bridgeport grabbed third place with 367 strokes. North Marion finished in fourth place with 377 strokes and Elkins was just off the pace with 379 strokes for fifth place. Other team scores included: East Fairmont, 380 strokes; Grafton, 384 strokes; Lewis County, 385 strokes; Lincoln, 435 strokes; Robert C. Bryd, 437 strokes; and Philip Barbour, 462 strokes. Liberty and Buckhannon-Upshur did not field enough golfers to qualify for team scoring.
For the Bucs, Christian McKisic shot an 81, while Landon Lengacher, 81 strokes, and Austin McCartney, 101 strokes, also played well. Teammate Tanner Williams was unable to compete in the tournament due to a health related issue.
McKisic and Bridgeport’s Mason Williams were named Big 10 Conference co-players of the year. Williams earned the low medal on Monday with 72 strokes.
Of local interest, Trent Tallman set the pace for Philip Barbour with 99 strokes. Josh Kaiser finished the course with 102 strokes, Morgan Austin tallied 103 strokes and Garrett Conniff recorded 158 strokes for the Colts.
The Tigers will now move on to play in the Regional Tournament next Monday.
The 18-hole round is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Bel Meadows Golf Course.