Mountain Lion golfers win first match of season

Tygarts Valley’s Holbrook earns low-medalist honors at the Raven

SNOWSHOE — Tygarts Valley junior Andrew Holbrook recorded a low- medal score of 40 strokes Thursday afternoon at the Raven Golf Club, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Tucker County, which took the match with a combined four-player score of 188 on the links.

The Bulldogs shot a 199, while Pendleton County rounded out the scoring with a 210 total.

“The Raven is a tough course, especially for kids,” first-year Mountain Lion coach Mike Cooper said. “They mow the fairways and make the rough ‘rough’. It’s what they call a low-maintenance golf course, if you get in the rough you’re in trouble.

“I’m proud of the kids for their efforts for the first time out this year. They’ve been playing Canaan and shooting in the low 40s. But when you get out on a tougher course, it forces you to change your perspective and our golfers did a good job at Snowshoe.”

Holden Young paced the black and gold with a 44, followed by Harper Russell with a 46 and 49s from Myles Paugh and Nathan Dearborn.

Wyatt Betler toughed out a 59 for TCHS.

Tygarts Valley also received strong efforts from Liam Depp (49), Cole Arbogast (53) and McKenzie Staten with a 57.

“I was pleased with our kids’ efforts for their second match of the year,” TVHS head coach Jonathan Kyle said. “It’s not easy for kids coming in off of a summer full of fun and then having to focus and be prepared to endure a four-hour match on a tough golf course like the Raven.

“I think they will keep battling and we expect them to keep improving as the season progresses.”

The Bulldogs will again play host at Snowshoe on Tuesday, while Tucker County and Webster County will also be on the course for a 2 p.m. tee time.