Tucker struggles at state tourney

WHEELING — The Tucker County Mountain Lions struggled Tuesday in the opening round of the Class A West Virginia State Golf Tournament.

The team will get a shot at redemption today, as the tournament draws to a close with another 18 holes on the Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Resort.

“The kids were worn out,” TCHS coach Sam Goughnour said. “It’s a tough course to play and it’s a tough course to walk. It was about 82 degrees here today, so it was pretty hot.

“But all in all, it’s a tough course. The fairways are hard to stay on because they have them sloped just at the right place where most people will drive a ball to, so you have to kind of play in front of those slopes. The greens were double putt and roll. They were very fast.”

Ravenswood is out to an early lead with 253 combined strokes. Madonna is in second place with 258 strokes, while Wheeling Central has 259 strokes and Charleston Catholic finished the day with 261 strokes. St. Josephs High School tallied 276 shots to garner fifth place and Summers County shot a 287 to land in sixth.

TCHS finished the day in seventh place with 297 combined shots and Trinity High School is currently situated in last place with 314 strokes.

For the Mountain Lions, Easton Snyder set the pace with 98 strokes. Teammate Conner Nestor was just off the pace with 99 strokes, while Carleigh Bolyard finished with 100 strokes. Myles Paugh rounded out the scoring for TCHS with 113 strokes.

“I think (Carleigh) got some bad lies,” Goughnour said. “She was hitting the fairways, but it was rolling down off the fairways into the thick grass. Putting also wasn’t good for her today. It was pretty tough putting.”

Madonna’s Howie Peterson earned the low medal with 67 strokes, which is 4 under par for the course.

Competing as individuals, Petersburg’s Nick Fleming shot an 87 and Moorefield’s Zach Arbaugh shot a 99. Both players earned their way into the tournament during regional competition, but their teams did not qualify.

Today’s parings will feature two groups. In the first group, Ravenswood, Madonna, Wheeling Central and Charleston Catholic will be paired together. Tucker County will be matched up with Trinity, Summers County and St. Josephs in the second group.

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