WHEELING – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer golf team opened up their 2020 season with a pair of matches.
The Bucs went to Wheeling and faced off against traditional power Wheeling Park last Tuesday at the Jones Course at Oglebay and lost a 323-375 decision in their opener.
Wheeling Park’s Noah Seiverston shot a 75 while James Salvatore checked in with a 77.
The Bucs were led by Evan Coffman who shot an 84 while Isaac Lane fired an 89.
The rest of the Bucs were Landon Hitt with a 99, Tucker Hurst with a 103 and Brady Hurst with a 105.
“It was a great opportunity to play a top team in the state like Wheeling Park to test our goals,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jason Westfall. “We have expectations this year to compete with the best. With this season full of uncertainty, we find a little normalcy playing golf. It was a great day, but we didn’t fully play our best. We did gain, however, valuable experience that will serve us well.”
The Bucs followed that up by winning a Big 10 Conference tri-outing with Elkins and Lewis County last Thursday at the Stonewall Golf Course.
The Bucs easily won the clash shooting a 174 while Elkins was runner-up with a 235 and Lewis County was third with a 242.
Coffman earned low medalist honors with a 40.
“Coffman continues to show the work he has put into his golf game,” remarked Westfall. “He is confident and is striking the ball well.”
Brady Hurst was second overall with a 43 while Lane and Tucker Hurst were both tied for third overall with 46s.
Bradyn Hamer shot a 62 for the Bucs.
Ivan Sanders led Elkins with a 56 while Ryan Garrett led Lewis County with a 50.
“We had a solid showing at Stonewall,” noted Westfall. “Lane wasn’t able to score as well as he expected but I expect him to bounce back. Brady recovered from his struggles at Wheeling Park to post a solid score and he needs be more consistent as our only senior. I am super proud of Tucker by having a career day today and expect him to find his consistency. Hitt hit his mark today but we are only scratching the surface where his game could to.”
The action left the Bucs with a 2-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Big 10 Conference.
They were scheduled to have a home quad meet this past Monday with Philp Barbour, Preston and Elkins and tri-outing on Thursday with Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport at Bridgeport.
They will host their final home outing of the year Monday when they entertain Bridgeport, Lincoln, North Marion and Wheeling Central.