Nate DeTemple earned Kanawha County Player of the Year honors by firing a 2-under-par 34 as he led Charleston Catholic to the Kanawha County golf championship on Wednesday at Big Bend.
DeTemple, who returned from an injury two weeks ago, was one of two Charleston Catholic players to shoot less than 40 over the nine-hole round en route to the victory.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time for us as a team and for our individuals as well. This is going to be good for our confidence moving forward,” Charleston Catholic coach Sam Helmick said. “It was a great round for Nate and it was something he needed coming off his injury to know he’s capable of shooting a low score.”
This year’s county championship tournament was the first time in three years that the event had been held. The coaches agreed that having a tournament like this where all of the Kanawha County schools could go head-to-head against each other is good for the schools and something they would like to see continue in the future.
“It’s great to have this tournament back because you don’t often get to have everyone here on the same day playing under the same conditions,” George Washington coach B.J. Calabrese said. “It was really nice of Big Bend and Kanawha County Parks and Recreation to let us use the course. It was a good event and hopefully we can keep doing it.”
The Irish also got a 38 from Alexander Giatras, as well as a 43 from Jack Cimino, while Wilson Meeks finished the day with a 46.
Those numbers from the top three finishers were good enough to give Charleston Catholic a six-stroke victory over George Washington, which finished with a team score of 121 for the day and saw Joseph Kalaskey (40), Torren Kalaskey (40), John Logan Taylor (41) and Colt Gillispie (41) earn All-County recognition. But even with that, the Patriots weren’t pleased with their day overall.
“We were pretty disappointed with our scores,” Calabrese said. “For us, it’s about playing up to our skill level and today we were just a little off today. It just wasn’t what we’re capable of and now we have to buckle down, bounce back and start to play well.”
Capital came in third with a 131 for the team. South Charleston — led by All-County performer Dylan Burford’s 40 — came in fourth ahead of Herbert Hoover, St. Albans and Riverside.
The teams now plan to use this experience to move forward and continue to improve heading into the final week of the regular season as well as the postseason.
“Tournaments like this can really refocus you because when you get into a season and you’re doing dual matches and have schoolwork and things like that, the kids can start to lose focus some,” Helmick said. “This kind of tournament comes at the right time and it kind of kicks you back into gear because we’ve got two weeks left, so let’s finish strong.”