Golf Bucs finish strong after facing adversity at state championships

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Isaac Lane attempts to sink a long putt on hole 12 during the second day of the 2020 West Virginia State High School golf championships Wednesday at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Lane shot a 183 finishing 25th in the state tournament.

WHEELING – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers had plenty to overcome before they took the course Tuesday morning on day one of the two-day tournament in the 2020 West Virginia State High School Golf Championships at the Oglebay Resort’s Jones Course.

The Bucs came out not playing their best golf and shot a 286 which landed them in eighth-place out of eight teams after the first day of competition.

In true Buccaneer fashion though, the team came back on day two much better as they shaved 22 strokes off their day one score with a 264.

The 264 score landed them in fifth on day two, but they couldn’t overcome their day one deficit as they remained eighth overall with a team score of 550.

The Bucs had to deal with issues in Wheeling that no other teams had to deal with prior to the tournament.

Upshur County went orange on the state’s COVID-19 map Saturday, but the team was tested with all the results coming back negative. The team made the trip to Wheeling on Sunday as the county went red, and as a result, the team was told by the WVSSAC they couldn’t play in the state tournament.

Then the county went back to orange on Monday allowing the Bucs to play.

Then the Bucs had their practice round on Monday interrupted as well.

“It was a rollercoaster ride from the beginning,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jason Westfall. “We were supposed to tee off at 9 a.m. Monday morning for our very important practice round. We were finally able to tee off at 4 p.m. and only were able to get through 10 holes before it got too late and then I had to attend a mandatory coaches meeting while they played their practice holes. We don’t make excuses for our play on day one, but I felt that the circumstances were difficult to manage and I felt our team handled it the best that anyone could have.”

On day one for the Bucs, Evan Coffman shot a 90, Isaac Lane a 93, Landon Hitt a 103 and Tucker Hurst a 113.

Every single player improved their score on day two as Coffman fired an 86 and Lane a 90 and Hurst a 105.

Hitt had the biggest improvement as he took 15 strokes off his score to record an 88.

For the tournament, Coffman finished 18th out of 42 golfers with a 176, Lane was 25th with a 183, Hitt was 30th with a 191 and Hurst was 38th with a 218.

“Our first day was difficult but they battled through it,” noted Westfall. “The course and conditions were difficult but that was to be expected. We did not play our best and we knew that. Our attitude on day two was to continue to battle and manage the course better. We had a much improved second day. We improved across the board and I am very proud of that. We could have easily given up considering all they had been through, but they know these are life lessons that will only make them better.”

Westfall said the day two scores were much more on point with how good his Bucs are and can be.

“We showed on day two that we belonged,” stated Westfall. “If we had played day one like we did day two, we show more of our true colors and would have been in the top three or four. Still, we had a tremendous experience, and it will ultimately make us better next year.”

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Region I rival Wheeling Park won the team title with a 486 while George Washington was second with a 489 and Woodrow Wilson was third with a 504.

Region I and Brooke stand-out Ryan Bilby won the individual title with a 149 while Wheeling Park’s Noah Seivertson was second with a 153 and George Washington’s Anderson Goldman was third with a 155.

Westfall said his Bucs already have their eyes on a return to the state tournament next year.

With just one senior on the roster this year (Brady Hurst), Westfall sees no reason why his team can’t perform even better in 2021.

“We celebrated our successful season Wednesday evening after the event, but the next day we immediately shifted to our lofty goals for next season,” said Westfall. “The team was on the golf course on Thursday preparing for next year.”

Westfall also said the support for his team at Wheeling was unprecedented.

“It was great to see some Buckhannon-Upshur alumni and current students that came to show their support this week,” concluded Westfall. We want to thank all those that showed their support throughout the season.”

The results:

TEAM STANDINGS

(Gross score)

1. Wheeling Park 486; 2. George Washington 489; 3. Woodrow Wilson 504; 4. Cabell Midland 512; 5. Washington 540; 6. Parkersburg South 541; 7. Jefferson 549; 8. Buckhannon-Upshur 550.

INDIVIDUAL TOP 5

1. Ryan Bilby (Brooke) – 77-72 = 149

2. Noah Seivertson (Wheeling Park) – 78-75 = 153

3. Anderson Goldman (George Washington) – 79-76 = 155

4. Zan Hill (Woodrow Wilson) – 85-76 = 161

5. (tie) Ethan Hardy (Washington) – 79-83 = 162

Cameron Jarvis (Cabell Midland) – 78-84 = 162

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Wheeling Park 486

Noah Seivertson 78-75 = 153

James Salvatori 82-84 = 166

Gavin Goodrich 82-85 = 167

Campbell Keogler 86-DNF = DNF

Owen Leary DNF-91 = DNF

George Washington 489

Anderson Goldman 79-76 = 155

Mario Palumbo 87-80 = 167

Austin Willard 85-86 = 171

Emma Nicol 83-88 = 171

Woodrow Wilson 504

Zan Hill 85-76 = 161

Mary Denney 82-89 = 171

Jonah Wilson 85-87 = 172

Tucker Lambert 94-88 = 192

Cabell Midland 512

Cameron Jarvis 78-84 = 162

Taylor Sargent 85-83 = 168

Evan Jarvis 87-95 = 182

Siggi Olafsson 91-DNF = DNF

Caden McComas DNF-95 = DNF

Washington 540

Ethan Hardy 79-83 = 162

Rhett Snyder 93-98 = 191

Jackson Snyder 100-91 = 191

Cael Nick 99-95 = 194

Parkersburg South 541

Mace Busch 78-89 = 167

Dustin Corley 91-90 = 181

Eli Reeves 92-101 = 193

Blake Snyder 93-102 = 195

Jefferson 549

Trey Barlow 90-91 = 181

Kyle Hibberd 94-90 = 184

Andrew Sudduth 95-93 = 188

Ashton Klein 91-107 = 198

Buckhannon-Upshur 550

Evan Coffman 90-86 = 176

Isaac Lane 93-90 = 183

Landon Hitt 103-88 = 191

Tucker Hurst 113-105 = 218

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