While Davis Haynes didn't reach his ultimate goal of becoming a state champion golfer last week in Wheeling, he did prove to be among the state's very best.
The talented Ripley High senior finished seventh overall in the Class AAA portion of the West Virginia High School State Golf Tournament. The event took place last Tuesday and Wednesday on the Jones Course at Ogelbay Park.
By placing in the Top 8, Haynes earned All-Tournament honors as well as All-State.
“It definitely wasn’t my best (rounds), but I did OK for the most part,” said Haynes. “The first round I did pretty well except for two holes that really hurt my score.”
Haynes opened play with an 83 on Tuesday and then bounced back on Wednesday with a round of 80.
“It’s a demanding course,” he said. “And the second day we were dealing with a 20-to-30 mile per hour wind all day. The wind is definitely not your friend up on the mountain.”
Based on the situation many athletes were dealt with coming into the school year of 2020-21, Haynes said he was pleased to not only get to have a senior season of golf but finish on a strong note by earning All-Tournament and All-State honors.
“It is a little crazy to think my high school golf career is over,” said Haynes, who is also an outstanding baseball player at Ripley High as well as a top-notch student.
His entire junior season of baseball was wiped out due to COVID-19.
“I knew going into the (golf) season that it (the virus) could come to a stop. So I approached every match with the thought of giving it my best and play like it could be my last.”
Haynes’ solid year included earning medalist honors in regional competition at Greenhills Country Club with a 76.
Ripley is in one of the tougher AAA regionals according to Haynes, who hopes to continue as a competitive golfer at the collegiate level.
Prior to his final hole at the State Tournament, Ripley head coach Joel Miller told Haynes to give it everything he had.
“It may have been my best shot of the tournament,” Haynes said. “That was a pretty good feeling.”
Along with earning the distinction of being one of the state’s very best.
Another Viking golfer was also part of the State Tournament field.
Andrew Manley finished 17th overall. Manley had an opening-round 92 before settling in the following day to card an 81.
Manley earned his trip to the State Tournament by finishing second in the regional at Greenhills with a 77.