Mountain Lions vying for state title

WHEELING — The Tucker County Mountain Lions had a terrific season on the links and now it’s time to put everything on the line as the Class A West Virginia State Championship gets underway at Oglebay Resort this week.

The two-day competition features eight team and will be played at the Speidel Golf Course today and Wednesday. Players will shoot 18 holes both days.

“The kids are excited,” TCHS coach Sam Goughnour said. “They’re looking at the other scores that have been posted from the regions and saying, ‘wow.’ They’re finding out that there are a lot of very good golfers here.”

TCHS claimed the Region 2 title with 252 combined strokes at Tygart Lake Golf Course in Grafton last week. Bolyard breezed through the course in 77 strokes to earn her 10th low medal of the year. Easton Snyder, 86 strokes, Connor Nestor, 89 strokes, and Myles Paugh, 101 strokes, completed the team scoring for Tucker County. Alternate Holden Young also made the trip and will see action on Wednesday, Goughnour said.

“We got a practice round in today,” Goughnour said. “We got all but two holes in. They were 50 minutes late with tee times this morning because of frost conditions. It backed things up a little bit, but we got 16 holes in. The kids played pretty well.

“They learned a lot of new things on the golf course. There are slopes on just about every fairway, so you have to be careful where you are hitting to or they’ll roll off the fairway. The greens are much faster than what they’re used to and they’re very large. Other than that, they did pretty well, I think.”

During the first day of competition, Tucker County will compete with Madonna, Charleston Catholic and Ravenswood. A second group consisting of Trinity, Wheeling Central, St. Josephs and Summers County will also play a match.

After the first day, the teams will be ranked and the top four teams will play against each other on Wednesday, while teams ranked 5 through 8 will play against each other.

“I’m trying to play relaxed and have fun,” Bolyard said. “I’m going to focus on hitting the ball straight and making putts. It’s the last match of my senior year, so I want to make the best of it.”

The tournament is set to tee off today at 10 a.m.