Tucker golf season ends

WHEELING — A fantastic season on the links for the Tucker County Mountain Lions came to an end Wednesday, as the team finished in seventh place at the Class A West Virginia State Golf Tournament at Oglebay Resort.

“I think it was a bittersweet moment for Carleigh (Bolyard) and Connor (Nestor),” TCHS coach Sam Goughnour said. “They wished they could have shot better on their final round for the high school team, but it just wasn’t meant to be today. There will be other days when they shoot better, I know it.”

Tucker County finished the 18-hole round on the Speidel Golf Course with 294 strokes on Wednesday. Combined with the 297 strokes from Tuesday’s round, the team finished the tournament with 591 strokes.

On Wednesday’s card, Connor Nestor led the way for TCHS with 97 strokes. He totaled 196 strokes for the tournament. Teammate Easton Snyder matched Nestor’s two-day output with 196 shots for the course, also. Nestor shot 98’s on both days.

Carleigh Bolyard finished with 200 strokes, tallying 100 shots on both days. Holden Young shot a 99 on Wednesday, while Myles Paugh shot 113 on Tuesday.

“It was a different type of set up as far as the course goes, compared to courses that we’ve played during the regular season,” Goughnour said. “It was a lot tougher. There are lot of slopes on the fairways and it has very fast greens. The kids had a good experience learning from that.

“I’m proud of them for making it and getting the chance to go as a team,” he said. “Some holes they shot very well on and others they struggled with maybe three putts or sometimes a fourth putt. You can’t get good rounds of golf in when you are doing that.”

Ravenswood claimed the team championship with 496 strokes, recording 253 strokes on Tuesday and 243 strokes on Wednesday. Madonna High School finished in second place with 513 strokes, while Charleston Catholic nabbed third place with 516 strokes. Other scores included: Wheeling Central, 540 strokes; St. Josephs, 544 strokes; Summers County, 566 strokes; Tucker County, 591 strokes; and Trinity, 609.

Individually, Ravenswood’s Alex Eastham earned the low medal on Wednesday with 73 strokes. Madonna’s Howie Peterson captured Tuesday’s low medal with 67 strokes and was the top golfer for the tournament with 141 total strokes.