“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.”
– Professional Golfer Arnold Palmer
The Yellow Jackets entered the WVSSAC State Golf Tournament in Wheeling as the Region II champions, but the challenges of Oglebay Resort’s Speidel Golf Club Jones Course proved its might testing Moorefield on every hole resulting in an overall seventh place finish with 571 points and the positive outcome was improvement from the first to second round.
Moorefield Golf started on the first hole each day, playing consecutively in the foursomes.
“It has been a wonderful experience for all of our players, especially proud of Zach [Arbaugh] and Ean [Carr] working hard to make this happen,” Moorefield Coach Wade Armentrout stated.
“I know each time they qualified as individuals, they wanted to set it as a goal to qualify as a team before they graduated. They wanted the team to become eligible, so they could share the experience here. They have had really good experiences as individuals, so I am proud of how hard they worked. They are great role models and it’s not just on the golf course. They help the young players all the
time. They are always good to help them in school and on the course. I am really proud of Ryan and Trace. This is a great experience for them playing a very difficult course. It exposed things we need to work on, but for us to be able to be here and just compete at such a high level in the state is fantastic. Before we started day number two was just to get better from day one. We talked about the improvements and it shows in their scores.”
On the opening day of the state tournament there was overcast skies with wind picking up and a storm rolled through near the conclusion bringing rain and lightning.
The second day was foggy and cool at the start with a drizzle, but the clouds cleared with the sun coming out for a nice day of golf
in the 70’s.
The Yellow Jackets combined for one birdie, 25 pars and 54 bogeys over the two-day state tournament.
Moorefield senior Zach Arbaugh was the low-medalist for the squad with a total of 169 strokes (87/82) in Wheeling which was one stroke shy of joining the top-8 medalists.
Moorefield senior Ean Carr finished the state tournament with a card of 187 (96/91).
Moorefield junior Trace Miller completed the two rounds with a 229 (112-117).
Moorefield freshman Ryan McGregor scored a 217 (114-103) at Oglebay Resort.
The Yellow Jackets opted to not enter any of the alternates, but had each one walk the entire course both days to observe their teammates and show support throughout the tournament.
Members of the team showing support in the gallery were:
Hayden Baldwin, Tori Humphries, Amber Riggleman, Jordan Ketterman, William Barb and Karson Reed.
Moorefield Coach Wade Armentrout was a spotter on the first day, then the second round was able to join his players along the
course seeing their games improve.