WHEELING — The Sherman High golf team finished No. 5 in Class A with its appearance at the West Virginia State Tournament at Olgebay Park in Wheeling last week.
The event marked the first time the Sherman Golf Team has made West Virginia State Tournament play. Current senior team member Wyatt Kincaid has previously participated (as a sophomore). Trenton Caruthers (2013) represented the first maroon and gold golfer to play state-level competition.
“Our kids were focused on making the tournament this season, and it is a goal that they set early on for the team,” said Sherman Coach Jon Griffith. “I’m proud of them and I’m proud of what they accomplished this season.”
Wyatt Kincaid led the team with a two-day total of 180 and individual daily scores of 88 and 92, respectively.
Cole Whitehead notched an overall 204 with individual daily scores of 101 and 103. Damon Moore finished at 214, 107 and 107 while Brandon Jarrell scored 285, 135 and 150.
Tristen Gillenwater is also a member of the team for the Tide, but she did not participate in state-level competition.
“Wyatt, Cole and Damon…since they were freshmen and sophomores they were the third-place team in the region for two years,” added Coach Griffith.
Griffith, who is in year No. 13 as the Tide coach, said the team normally schedules 12 to 18 matches per season, but due to COVID-19, the squad only participated in three this season.
“We did mask up and follow guidelines,” Griffith added. “It made everything different this year. We were rained out three times as well and we had to travel over 100 miles to play one of those that was scheduled at the last minute. I’m just really pleased with how or kids stuck together and supported each other. It this was a nice way to wrap up our season.”
Griffith added, “We missed it by three strokes last year — and that is a tough one to swallow — and we barely missed states the year prior.”
Kincaid has drawn collegiate interest for his golfing prowess, and according to his coach, he has expressed an interest in taking his game to the next level.
For now, the team is enjoying its success in 2020.
“We’ve had a real good time with these kids,” Griffith said. “They’re a special group and I really couldn’t be more proud of how we competed.”