KEYSER - On Friday, July 26, 18 teams consisting of four golfers each gathered at Polish Pines for the first annual golf tournament to benefit Keyser High School Golden Tornado football.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - On Friday, July 26, 18 teams consisting of four golfers each gathered at Polish Pines for the first annual golf tournament to benefit Keyser High School Golden Tornado football.  
It was a beautiful day for golf, and spirits were high as the hometown crowd eagerly combined two loves, golf and football, specifically Black and Gold Keyser High School Golden Tornado football.
“The people in our community love Keyser football. It was great to see them come out and support us by helping to sponsor and play in the tournament. Our coaches did a fantastic job setting it up and I believe it was a great success,” Keyser head football coach Sean Biser said of the fundraiser.
It was indeed largely the effort of Biser’s assistant coaches that brought the tournament to fruition. In fact, while this was the first year the tournament was given the green light, it’s an endeavor, the idea at least, that was several years in the making.
“I’ve been trying to have a golf tournament since I joined the staff three years ago. I’ve played in a bunch of tournaments and saw how successful they can be. I thought it would be a great way to raise money for the program while interacting with the public,” coach RC Pratt explained.
According to coach Logan Delsignore, “Coach Pratt has been begging Coach Biser to let us run a golf tournament for a couple years now. At one of our off-season meetings this spring, Coach Biser was asking again about additional fundraisers we could do to support our team and he finally gave us the green light to put together a tournament.”
Pratt and Delsignore, with assistant from others, immediately got to work on planning the tournament.  According to Delsignore, “We are very fortunate to have so many KHS football alumni who always, without fail, support our program and its endeavors. One of our biggest supporters has always been Luke Hoover with Hoover’s Bar and Grill. When we approached him to be our corporate sponsor, he agreed without hesitation.”
Pratt agrees, “We need to thank Luke Hoover at Hoover’s Bar and Grill for being the main sponsor as well as Dan Abel and staff at Polish Pines for hosting us. We also want to thank all the teams, hole sponsors and individual sponsors. We couldn’t have had such a successful tournament without those folks.”
According to Delsignore, “We had an awesome turn out for the tournament. We actually had to, unfortunately, turn away a few teams who wanted to play because spots filled up so quickly.  There are still a lot of numbers to crunch, but I know we did pretty well.  We had great feedback on the tournament, how we ran it, the food, the prizes, etc…, so you can definitely prepare yourselves for round two next year.”
RC Pratt echoes Delsignore’s words, “We had 18 teams signed up several weeks before the tournament. Logan and I talked jokingly about how much we thought we could make on one of these tournaments, and we didn’t miss our mark by much. The tournament ran smoothly and was very successful. We have a few ideas on how to better it for next year and so on.”
With Coach Biser’s approval, it looks like coaches RC Pratt and Logan Delsignore, along with several other helpers, knocked it out of the park with the first annual golf tournament to support Keyser Golden Tornado football.  
Golf and football, particularly of the Black and Gold Golden Tornado variety, is a combination sure to garner support in Keyser.
Round one was a tremendous success. The sky is the limit as things are fine-tuned in the years to come. Stay tuned.