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Board of Education honors GHS Golfers

Posted: Monday, Nov 19th, 2012

The Taylor County Board of Education recognized the Grafton High School Golf Team for wining another regional title at last Tuesday’s meeting. Pictured, from left are Coach Mike Crutchfield, Drake Toothman, Zack Summers, Travis Mayle, McKenzie Cox, and Superintendent, Bob Maynard. The rest of the golf team were unable to attend due to prior commitments.

PRUNTYTOWN – Members of the Grafton High School (GHS) Golf Team were present at the regular Taylor County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to be honored for their efforts.

Taylor County Superintendent of Schools, Bob Maynard recognized coach Mike Crutchfield, who in turn introduced the members of the golf team. Due to prior commitments, only four of the nine-member team was able to attend the meeting. A majority of those players missing the meeting were in basketball practice at the school.

Recognized for bringing home the regional title were McKenzie Cox, Mitchell Crutchfield, Kyle Gerkin, Brodrick Harvey, Travis Mayle, Zac Musgrove, Zack Summers, Drake Toothman and Lucas Ware. In addition to winning the regional title, the team competed in the state tournament, and Mitchell Crutchfield placed tenth in the state in individual competition.

“I think people know where Grafton is, and one of the reasons is that we go to the regional golf tournaments every year,” stated Board Vice-president Richard Teagarden.

Coach Crutchfield indicated that the team has only lost one senior this year, and that he is planning on most of the team coming back. He continued by thanking the parents for their support of the team, and one valuable team asset, the Tygart Lake Public Golf Course.

“One of the factors for success is the golf course we have,” Crutchfield explained. “The staff at the course are tremendous with the team.”

This is the ninth straight year that the team has won in regional competition.

Chuck Duckworth, with Friends of McKinney Field was at the meeting to give the board an update on the groups progress.

“We appreciate this time,” Duckworth began, “the group has met with two companies since the last meeting, and preliminary numbers are very encouraging. We are looking at a possible 35% reduction in costs from the original estimate.”

Duckworth explained that both companies would prefer a turnkey solution for design, implementation and construction.

This would reduce down time and costs, and improve accountability and sustainability. He indicated that since the last board meeting, the organization has received dramatic support for its proposal that the board set aside funds each year for eventual replacement of the surface material.

The organization has received unofficial verbal pledging of monetary support, and is in need of a “bucket” to put the money in.

The “bucket” is in the form of an account, that will be set up by the board specifically for Friends of McKinney Field. Board Treasurer, Drew Rottgen informed the board, and Friends of McKinney Field that an account can be set up for the money collected. Duckworth requested that the board also set up a separate account for a PayPal account to be linked to the organization’s website.

The organization needs approval from the board to have the treasurer set up the accounts. The board decided to put the actual motion on the agenda for the Nov. 27 meeting at West Taylor Elementary.

“I don’t think there is any doubt that we’ll be able to raise the money,” stated Teagarden. “There is such a good support group here in Grafton.”

“My only concern,” stated board member Melissa Knotts, “is those people who contribute to put money in this account, and it turns out to be short, are you planning on returning that money back to the people who donated?”

“We are telling our donors up front that we are not planning to return the money,” Duckworth explained. “If this does not happen in time for the board’s $350,000, then we will still be raising money for this project. We are committed to putting turf on that field.”

For the complete article see the 11-19-2012 issue.

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