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West Virginia Golf Falters Over the Weekend in Big 12 Match Play

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The West Virginia gold team finished winless in Big 12 match play over the weekend, dropping all four of its matchups between Friday and Saturday.

On day one Friday, eitghth-seeded WVU was matched up with No. 1 seed Oklahoma. The Sooners won the match 5-1, with the Mountaineers’ only win coming from redshirt-junior Mark Goetz.

The second match Friday pitted WVU with No. 4 TCU. The Horned Frogs ultimately won, but the Mountaineers fared better with wins from Goetz and fellow junior Logan Perkins and a tie from freshman Jackson Davenport.

“I thought Mark played outstanding all day, going undefeated versus Oklahoma and TCU,” head coach Sean Covich said. “Logan had a hard-fought match against one of the top 25 amateurs in the world, and then he played well again in the afternoon to pick up a win.”

Saturday’s matchups were much of the same for the young WVU squad. The first match of the day was against No. 9 Iowa State. The Cyclones defeated WVU 4-2, with wins coming from Goetz and redshirt-sophomore Kurtis Grant.

In the second game, WVU lost to No. 5 Baylor 4-2 as well. This time Grant and freshman Olivier Menard picked up the wins.

“Although we are disappointed in the overall results this week, I think we gained a lot of experience that will help these true freshmen long term,” Covich said. “Mark played outstanding for us all week. Kurtis really bounced back today.”

Goetz finished the weekend with a 3-1 individual record and Grant finished 2-2.

The next action for the Mountaineers will come On Oct. 19 and 20 in Bridgeport, WV at The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational at the Pete Dye Golf Club.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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