KEYSER - The Golden Tornado Golf Team fought off brutal humidity and scorching heat to claim victory at Polish Pines on Monday afternoon. Keyser finished with a team score of 187, which was impressive considering it was 44 strokes fewer than the 2nd place squad who also hails from Mineral County.
Frankfort finished the match with a total team score of 231 which narrowly edged Pendleton County (235). The Spartans of Bishop Walsh brought up the rear with a score of 247. Members of the 2017 All-AMAC team, Jacob Malcolm and Evan Matlick picked up right where they left off to lead the Golden Tornado charge. It doesn’t take long for a spectator to understand why Malcolm is an elite athlete, as he conveys a sense of confidence on the course. Jacob plays the game extremely even keel preventing nerves from interfering with his smooth swing.
For example, on the 7th hole, Malcolm smashed a drive which tailed off to the right and put his ball in a forest of trees. Jacob was able to craft a shot which was extremely difficult to execute.
Malcolm pulled the correct club out of the bag which kept his ball low to the ground avoiding the leaves and limbs, yet powerful and straight enough to weave between the wooden obstacles to reach the fairway. Malcolm signed his card with the low score of the day (43).
Evan Matlick plays the game with a different yet successful approach which suits his style. It is apparent Evan likes to stroll the course while having a chat with playing partners or sharing a laugh with his fan club that follows him hole to hole. Matlick shows a bit more emotion on the links, but that is no problem, considering he is a good golfer with nice form. On Monday afternoon, Matlick had a big smile plastered on his face as he finished the day only two strokes shy of the lead posting a (45).
Two other Keyser golfers had solid performances as well with Aaron Boggs shooting (48) and Darrick Broadwater (51). The top two performers for the Frankfort Falcons were baseball star Caleb Hare finishing the round with (46) and Isaiah Knotts who kept the ball on the fairway for most of the day to complete the round with a (47).