CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — In order to be eligible for regionals next week, the South Harrison golf team was in need of a match to play this week.
That’s where Robert C. Byrd stepped in.
RCB agreed to play South Harrison in a match Wednesday at Sunny Croft Country Club, and each team counted its top three scores, with RCB winning 152-198.
The low medalist was RCB’s Jacob Brannon, who shot a 47, including a par on the final hole after consecutive bogeys on the two previous holes. He parred at least one hole in addition to the last one.
Also for the Flying Eagles, Mary Felts shot a 51 and Braiden Ingram carded a 54.
“I had them play the ball down today to try to play some difficult shots,” RCB coach Barry Calef said. “It was to practice for regionals. The whole thing today would have been a practice, but it’s really a local school trying to help a local school, a local coach trying to help a local coach, because South Harrison needed, for his players, six matches, and some of them only had five.
“The reason they need six is to be eligible to play at regionals on Monday, you have to have six. We played each other the past two days, and it helped.”
Days after his first birdie attempt in a recent match at Mingo Bottom Golf Club, South Harrison’s top scorer on Wednesday was Owen Titus, who shot a 57.
South Harrison’s Gregory Hickman carded a 70 and Nick Barker finished with a 71. Kaden Wilson (72) also played for the Hawks.
“We had a late start (to the season),” South Harrison coach Daniel McNemar said. “Some of the kids didn’t come out when it was offered to come out in August, but we got a late start. Coach Calef helped us for the regionals because you have to have six in to qualify for it. He helped us out; I was grateful for him to do that for us.”
McNemar said the players on South Harrison’s roster are new to the game of golf, including Titus.
“Owen Titus, he’s up and coming,” McNemar said. “He’s been golfing about five months, so he’s shown real good improvement. Like I said, he’s only a sophomore, so we’re in the rebuilding stage right now because I’ve got one sophomore and the rest of them are freshmen.
“Nick Barker, he showed really good today as well. Kaden (Wilson) and Gregory (Hickman), they’ve only been playing (golf) for three weeks, so just (trying to) get them to where they’re supposed to be right now. All of them are where they’re supposed to be golf-wise. I’m hopeful they’ll come out next year and practice all offseason to get better at this.”
McNemar said driving the ball is the biggest improvement he has seen the South Harrison golfers make to date.
“All of the kids are improving from when we first started out, they were barely getting to the greens before double par, now all four of them are getting there,” McNemar said.
The Flying Eagles will have a practice round on Thursday in preparation for regionals, which will take place on Monday at Stonewall Resort.
South Harrison will compete in regionals at Valley View Golf Club in Moorefield on Monday.