Keyser golfers win two of three; Frankfort sees best score
By Chapin Jewell
On Friday, Keyser traveled to Bel Meadows Golf Course near Bridgeport and took first place in a field of five. On Tuesday, the Golden Tornado finished second in a field of four at Valley View Golf Club in Moorefield. On Wednesday, Keyser scored a season’s best tally in a match with Frankfort and Moorefield at Polish Pines that included two golfers from Tucker County and one from Union.
While falling to Keyser and Moorefield, Frankfort performed admirably, netting their best score of the season as well.
In that five-team match at Bel Meadows, Keyser proved their ability to compete with and beat much larger and competitive schools.
Keyser finished in first place with a score of 353 and was followed in second by Buckhannon-Upshur, five strokes behind with a 358. University High School finished in third place with a 364, Fairmont Senior finished in fourth place with a 373, and Morgantown finished fifth with a team score of 380.
Drew Matlick led the way for Keyser with a team best score of 86 and was followed in second by Jacob Malcolm close behind with an 87. Darrick Broadwater finished third with an 89 and Noah Broadwater was fourth with a 91. Also competing was Dylan Wilson with a 108 ad Logan Jones with a 124.
“It was a very good win against some very good opponents, including AAA schools and Fairmont Senior who is a good AA school. It was nice win to be able to travel two and a half hours to Bridgeport and get a win over there in soft conditions. Our scores weren’t the greatest, but I think the conditions of the course helped us out a little bit,” Keyser coach Josh Blowe explained.
According to Blowe, “It was an average, collective performance. Our low medalist for Keyser was in sixth place out of 30 golfers. We shot an 86, an 87, an 89 and a 91, so we were all sort of right there in a pack.”
On Tuesday, at Valley View, Keyser would actually finish in second place in a field of four that also included host Moorefield, Petersburg and two golfers from Tucker County. Moorefield finished in first place with a 169, Keyser was second with a 171, Petersburg finished third with a 235, and Tucker County didn’t qualify for a team score.
JJ Carr from Moorefield and Harper Russel of Tucker County were co-low medalists with a score of 40. Keyser’s Jacob Malcolm and Moorefield’s Ryan McGregor tied for third overall with 41 strokes apiece. Keyser’s Noah Broadwater and Moorefield’s Hayden Baldwin finished tied for fifth overall, each with a score of 42.
Jacob Malcolm’s 41 led Keyser, while Noah Broadwater was second on the team with a 42. Drew Matlick and Darrick Broadwater finished tied for third on the team with a 44. Logan Jones finished fifth on the team with a 49, while Dylan Wilson finished sixth with a 51.
“Moorefield, it’s their home course and they always play it very well and they are really good golfers. But we definitely underachieved yesterday across the board. Our numbers five and six played a little better than they usually do but our top four, we didn’t have anybody in the thirties. It just wasn’t a good day, we had a lot of three putts,” Blowe explained.
On Wednesday at Polish Pines, both Keyser and Frankfort earned season’s best scores, with the Golden Tornado finishing first with a 152, Moorefield finishing second with a 172, Frankfort finishing third with a 195, and Tucker County and Union not factoring into the team score.
Keyser’s Noah Broadwater was the low medalist with a score of 37 and was followed by Darrick Broadwater and Drew Matlick, who finished tied for second with score of 38. Finishing tied for fourth place overall was Keyser’s Jacob Malcolm and Moorefield’s JJ Carr, both shooting a 39.
Keyser’s individual scores included, in order, Noah Broadwater (37), Darrick Broadwater (38), Drew Matlick (38), Jacob Malcolm (39), Dylan Wilson (49), Logan Jones (49).
Frankfort’s season best score of 195 was comprised of, in order, Brady Whitacre (45), Chase McCoy (49), Bryson Lane (49), Ashton Moorehead (52), Keegan Bennett (59) and Landon Moorehead (59).
“We had a season best for Keyser tonight at 152. It was really nice to see freshman Noah Broadwater shoot a 37. He is usually out number four golfer and he was low medalist for the whole tournament today. That was really impressive to see. Even our five and six, it was the first team all year we had six scores under 50 with Dylan Wilson and Logan Jones,” Blowe stated.