By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield Golf stepped on the green and marked their spot with a second place finish in the season opener at Polish Pines in Keyser during a quad-match which was won by Petersburg last Wednesday.
“There is a very slim margin for error here at Polish Pines,” Moorefield Golf coach Wade Armentrout noted.
“Golf is a game of inches, every angle matters.”
The Yellow Jackets scored a total of 200 points led by returning state tournament junior representative Ean Carr with a card of 44, only nine strokes behind the Vikings guided by overall low-medalist Lucas Berg with a 37.
Moorefield had two others hit in the 40’s as junior Zach Arbaugh completed the course with a 47 and senior Ethan Slack notched a 49. The fourth member of the Yellow Jackets, sophomore Trace Miller, rounded out the scoring with a card of 60.
[private] Moorefield incoming freshmen Hayden Baldwin and Isaac Van Meter weren’t on the links, as they were representing the state of West Virginia on the diamond in the Southeastern Regional Junior League Baseball Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.
Frankfort placed third with 213 points and host Keyser was fourth with 222 strokes.
When moving along the Polish Pines course, one must be mindful of blind spots and direction of each golfer’s swing.
On the third hole, there is a bell next to a small pond with a tree which blocks the view of the golfers hitting over the water and a small hill obscuring site along the side of the green so the bell is used as a warning and was in action during Slack’s group coming through.
Slack showed good poise chipping to the green on hole eight.
Most of the golfers did well making the swing from the fairway over the larger pond on the fourth hole, only a couple of splashes could be heard.
Arbaugh had some trouble along the tree line on the fifth hole attempting to angle from the trunk out of the rough and had went too high on the first approach clipping a branch for a shorter than expected stroke.
Moorefield coach Wade Armentrout took time to discuss strategy with Arbaugh and the rest of the squad along the course to guide them in the right direction.
Carr made a long drive down the sixth hole and the ball landed in the sand pit and nearly bounced out, but got caught by the lid on the edge.
Two strokes later, Carr putted into the hole.
Miller was in good spirits talking with Frankfort’s Brady Whitacre during the match.
One long putt by Miller on hole No. 7 went in successfully.
Arbaugh was coming down the fairway on the ninth hole and overshot the green with the ball ricochetting up to the clubhouse porch which gave seated spectators a chuckle.
Arbaugh didn’t play from behind the chair and table in the corner, but instead opted for a drop ball zone by the cart path in front of the clubhouse to return to the green.
There was a sign that read ’90 degree rule’ along the first hole’s tee box for the golf carts and made one think how much a golfer uses mathematics for each swing.
There were a lot of swings coming near the tree trunks on this course as the trees were one of the biggest challenges forcing the golfers to change strategy on a constant basis.
Petersburg’s top scorers were Berg at 37, Nick Fleming at 41, Dakota Parsons at 49 and Nathan Locke at 64.
Frankfort was led by Caleb Hare with a 49 and Keyser’s best was a 51 by Joey Pase.
Moorefield hosted its first home match at Valley View yesterday with Petersburg.
The next three matches will also be at home on August 16, 22 and 29.