By Carl Holcomb
Zach Arbaugh and Ean Carr drove the Yellow Jackets to their best score of the season at 172 with low medalist scores of 37 apiece for second place during senior night quad-match at Valley View Golf Course last Wednesday.
“That’s a great accomplishment by everybody on the team today,” Moorefield Golf Coach Wade Armentrout commented.
“I know Zach and Ean have been working hard to improve their game and they challenge themselves everyday in practice to make themselves better and it pays off in the end. They compliment each other and challenge each other to do well. Ethan being senior night, he has been a fantastic player for our golf team. He exemplifies everything you want as a team player and he is very coachable. He is a great guy to have around. Golf is a sport that really magnifies qualities in people individually and he definitely exhibits good character, integrity, honesty and hard work.”
Tucker County took the icing on the cake with the victory by one stroke led by senior Carleigh Bolyard with a 39 and Gaston Snyder at 41, while Petersburg placed third with a score of 176 led by Nick Fleming at 38 and Lucas Berg at 39, followed by Pendleton County with a 231 paced by Leah Loudremilk at 53 and Union’s lone golfer Manny Smith shot a 64.
This was the first time all season for Moorefield edging out Petersburg.
The Yellow Jackets had the two impressive rounds by juniors Arbaugh and Carr, while freshman Hayden Baldwin chipped in a 46 and sophomore Trace Miller finished with a 52 for the 172-stroke total.
[private] Moorefield senior Ethan Slack finished the last home match with a 56.
Earlier in the week, Slack earned All-Potomac Valley Conference honors along with teammates Arbaugh and Carr.
“It means a lot to me to be a part of this program. It’s been a really good experience and really fun. It has been great overall. It was special [PVC honors]. I hadn’t golfed well this year and it really meant a lot to get that here,” Moorefield senior Ethan Slack noted.
The ninth hole brings the golfer back next to a pond with a fountain and the historic Oakland Hall greets everyone beyond the green.
“My favorite hole is probably nine, it is challenging and I really like it. It has a pretty view,” Slack added.
In addition to the gallery around the sixth and seventh holes for Carr and Arbaugh, there was a fan across the street cheering as the sound of a cow mooing could be heard during the match.
On the seventh fairway, nature displayed a beautiful sight to behold as a tree was changing color with half being orange and the other half green.
Both Arbaugh and Carr hit for par on the same six holes: 1, 3, 5-8.
Arbaugh’s best hole was number four which resulted in a birdie.
Carr’s best hole was number nine for a birdie.
Despite only being a junior, senior night has been a special match for Carr with his best overall score of the season coming in consecutive seasons with the same score of 37.
“I’m very proud to help my team with the low score. I just wish we would have come through in the end, but we didn’t, unfortunately. I hope we can come through at regionals. Last year on senior night I shot the exact same score of 37. It was nice to see guys improve and get better,” Moorefield junior Ean Carr remarked.
Berg landed in the sand pit on the sixth hole, but managed to get out of trouble to finish at par.
Bogeys came on second and fourth holes for Carr and the second and ninth holes for Arbaugh.
Slack’s best outing was on hole number seven with a par.
Miller hit for bogey on Nos. 2-4 & 8 for his lowest marks of the day.
Miller was very helpful searching for a lost golf ball along the eighth hole.
Overall the sportsmanship displayed by all the golfers was outstanding.
The Yellow Jackets were doing better overall putting and chipping during the match.
“The same thing happened last year, our team continually got better as the season went along. We had a really great senior night last year and again this year. We are looking forward to having a really good practice round this weekend and hopefully doing well on Monday.,” Coach Armentrout said.
Petersburg senior Wes Cosner had his best round of the year with a card of 50, one stroke away from his teammates jumping in the pond on a promise if he shot in the 40’s.
There was a senior banquet honoring Slack (Moorefield), Berg (Petersburg), Cosner (Petersburg), Bolyard (Tucker County), Nestor (Tucker County) and Thomas Davis (Pendleton County) featuring homemade spaghetti.
Petersburg coach Jon Webster started the ceremony by sharing a letter by his assistant coach, then a few stories about Cosner and Berg.
Cosner will be remembered for his ability to recite the Gettysburg Address during team trips.
Union coach Jamie Tallman shared a story of Cosner during driver’s education which included a squirrel hiding in a cone during parallel parking drills.
Moorefield coach Wade Armentrout provided a story about how Ethan Slack took the light from his smartphone to do his homework on rides home from matches, while his teammates slept or one night had ordered an entire pizza for the trip back to Moorefield.
Moorefield competed in the Region II Tournament at Tygart Lake State Park last Monday with an opportunity to advance to the state tournament in Wheeling.