Every year the short high school golf season tees off before the other fall sports have their games, meets and matches.
Every year the carrot at the end of stick is the two-round state tournament at the Speidel Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.
Washington High and Coach Rusty Staubs have been able to follow that carrot to Oglebay Park. Every time the Patriots take that 4.5 hour ride to Wheeling it has meant the team has done well at the Region II tournament.
Jefferson High wasn’t able to travel to the Northern Panhandle area in 2012 because the young and inexperienced Cougars didn’t do well enough at the Region II tournament that qualifies teams and individuals for the state tournament.
Both schools start their 2013 trips this afternoon when the golf season begins with the annual Tri-County tournament at The Woods Resort near Hedgesville.
Both teams will have a hard time not looking ahead to this season’s Region II tournament scheduled for Sept. 30 at The Woods Resort … as well as casting an eye toward the state tournament at Oglebay on Oct. 8-9.
Staubs had three seniors on his Region II-winning team in 2012. Ryan Mumaw, Robert Fleming and Seth Campbell were the three seniors on last year’s 12-player squad.
Dylan Mumaw is now a junior and Patrick Shuff is a sophomore. Last year, both Patrick Burgess and Hunter Hardy gave Staubs reliable players who often scored nearly as well as the two Mumaws or Fleming and at times were lower than the seniors.
Jonathan Sigler was an underclassman on last year’s mostly consistent team.