Story and photo by Mark Carpenter –
School has not yet begun, but the action on the links has as the girls and boys golf teams from West Union High School, along with other county squads, got their 2016 campaigns underway this week.
On Monday, Aug. 8 the West Union teams hosted Lynchburg on the Dragons’ home course at the Adams County Country Club. The WUHS boys team had enough players on hand to actually make up two scoring teams and those two groups finished 1-2 on the day in the 18-hole match up, with West Union’s Craig Horton taking medalist honors on the day, firing a 33 on the front nine and a 32 on the back nine for a 65. Teammate Elijah McCarty came in at 69 (34-35), Jacob Pell at 74 (38-36), Tyler Fowler at 76 (37-39), and Eli Fuller at 84 (45-39).
Team B for West Union saw scores of 79 from Carson McFarland, 82 from Andrew Sapp, 94 from Tanner Neal, 95 from Conner Campbell, 105 from Bowen Tomlin, and 119 from Josh Young.
On the girls side, the Lady Dragons were “automatic” winners as Lynchburg only had three girls on the course, not enough to produce a team score. The girls just played nine holes and the Lady Dragons were paced by senior Mackenzie Smith who shot a 39, followed closely by Alex Clark at 40. DeAnna Caraway came in at 46, Lucy Kersey at 48, Caitlyn Cooper at 54, and Madison Fulton and Linda Lynch at 85.
The following day the Dragons hit the road, traveling to the Cedar Trace Golf Course, for the fourth annual CNE Rocket Shootout. For the day, the Dragons’ boys squad placed second overall in the team standings, behind just Summit Country Day. Again, it was Horton leading the way for West Union, shooting a 79 for the 18-hole tourney. Right behind was Fowler at 80 and McCarty at 81, with Pell coming in at 84, McFarland at 92, and Sapp at 103.
Also competing at CNE were the North Adams Green Devils and they finished third in the overall team standings. Leading the Devils on the day were Noah Lung and Colt Shumaker, both of whom shot 80. Bryant Lung and Patrick England both came to the clubhouse after 18 holes with scores of 83, with Carson Hall hitting 97 and Uriah Hall 107.
On the girls side, West Union also placed second in the team standings behind the linksters from Clinton-Massie High School. Smith again topped the Lady Dragons, shooting a 98 over 18 holes, followed by Clark and Caraway at 103, Kersey at 116, Fulton at 137, and Cooper at 154.
The West Union and North Adams boys were back in action the next day at Hilltop Golf Course, where they participated in the annual Adams County Cup tournament. Look for a full report in the Aug. 17 issue of The People’s Defender.