“Our key returnees will be Ryan Mumaw, Robert Fleming, Dylan Mumaw, Patrick Burgess, Tyler Sigler, and Hunter Hardy — our six top players from last year,” said Washington High golf coach Rusty Staubs.
“We went to the state tournament last season and we’ll have the same goal again. I just hope we play a little better than last year if we make it,” said Staubs, the only golf coach the Patriots have ever had. Washington finished in a tie for sixth at last year’s state tournament. Wheeling Park was the 2011 state champion with the Patriots finishing even with University High with a team score of 500.
“During the three weeks of practice we had earlier this summer, there was one new player — freshman Jacob Shuff — who impressed me. He could be among our top six players this season,” mentioned Coach Staubs.
Washington will have only a few practices before opening its season on August 1 at the Tri-County match held annually at The Woods Resort near Hedgesville.
“Most of the team members have been playing in small area tournaments this summer. There is a Top Flite junior tour in West Virginia. Ryan and Dylan Mumaw played in most of those tournaments. Ryan even won when they played at Locust Hill,” said Staubs.
“The tough part is going to be keeping our head on straight. It’s going to be my job to make sure our schedule is competitive enough to make us improve if we are going to do well later at the Regional. With all the players returning we should be able to be in the right frame of mind right from the beginning,” the five-year coach reasoned.
The Class AAA Region II tournament will have only eight schools competing there this year. Bridgeport, a state tournament qualifier and the team that finished second at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, has been placed in the Class AA ranks this season.
The eight schools at the Regional will be Musselman, Martinsburg, Hedgesville, Buckhannon, Elkins, Jefferson, Washington, and Lewis County. The Regional will be played at the Stonewall Resort State Park on September 24. The state tournament will be staged the following week, again at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.