Keyser first, Frankfort fourth in six-team match at Polish Pines
By Chapin Jewell
KEYSER - The Keyser Golden Tornado golf squad has been on fire as of late, so too has been the play of senior Tornado Jacob Malcolm. On Wednesday at Polish Pines, Malcolm shot a two-under par 34, a season low for both Malcolm and the Golden Tornado, to help lead Keyser to a number one finish in a six-team field.
Malcolm’s day ironically mirrored the weather. As the golfers and fans began arriving and through the first several holes, a steady rain fell on the well-manicured course. What started as steady, wet annoyance, ended bright, sunny and quite pleasant, all to the delight of those assembled.
For Jacob Malcolm, who saw shots go awry on holes one and three, like the weather, things could have started much better. As the clouds peeled off and the sun emerged, however, shot after shot, things just kept getting better. As a crowd of coaches, players and spectators gathered around the final hole, all with an awareness of where Malcolm stood, the senior birdied the final hole to secure both his, and the team’s, best score of the season.
Keyser would finish in first place with a score of 155 and was followed 24 strokes behind by Moorefield in second place with a 179. Berkeley Springs was just behind in third place with a 182, Frankfort finished in fourth place with a 201. Rounding out the field, Pendleton County was fifth with a 206 and Petersburg completed the day in sixth with a 234.
Malcolm wasn’t the only Tornado with the hot hand on Wednesday. In addition to Malcolm’s 34, Noah Broadwater also finished in the thirties with a 39. Then came a 40 from Drew Matlick and a 42 from Darrick Broadwater. Logan Jones and Ryan McRobie rounding out the scoring with 57 strokes apiece.
Frankfort was led to their fourth-place finish by Brady Whitacre with a team-high 44, followed by Bryson Lane in second with a 48. Chase McCoy was next with a 53, followed by Landon Moorehead with a 56, Ashton Moorehead with a 64, and Keegan Bennett with a 65.
All in all, Jacob Malcolm was the low medalist of the day with his 34. Carson Stotler of Berkeley Springs had the second lowest score of 38 and was finished in third place by Keyser’s Noah Broadwater and Jordan Miller of Berkeley Springs, both with a 39. Keyser’s Drew Matlick and Moorefield’s JJ Carr finished tied for with 40 strokes apiece.