Since gaining valuable experience as a rookie on the West Virginia golf team last season, Todd Duncan has been busy all summer.

Duncan was tied for bottom medalist honors in Tuesday’s qualifier for the West Virginia Amateur with a 1-under par 72 at Parkersburg Country Club. That round also earned him first alternate status in the Southern Amateur, with the lone qualifying spot going to Duncan’s WVU teammate Trent Tipton, who scored a 71.

This followed Duncan’s 24th-place finish at the West Virginia Open at Stonewall Resort, with the Shady Spring High School product recording his fifth straight top 35 in the event since he started playing there.

Playing 23 rounds of competition in his first season with the Mountaineers has proven to be beneficial for Duncan in the present.

“When you’re not at your best, you have to compete and be a player,” Duncan said as a guest on MetroNews Statewide Sportsline. “You have to mark your ball. You can’t shoot 80 and expect to play in the lineup. You have to get out of it, stay in it and stay focused. Don’t let yourself get out of it too soon and grind to the last hole.

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That’s precisely what Duncan did at times during this year’s State Open, finishing with a pair of 75s sandwiched around a 77 on an Arnold Palmer Signature course that can often produce big figures.

Although much of his summer remains, Duncan said he would give his performances a “B” grade so far.

This follows a revealing first season at WVU in which Duncan finished with an eight-tournament average of 75.61. He finished 3 over par with rounds of 71 and 72 to place 12th at the Butler Spring Invitational.

Duncan also finished 15th in Thomas Sharkey Individual Collegiate, highlighted by a round 70, while an 18th place finish at ECU Intercollegiate featured a closing 71.

“It’s very difficult to play in college. You have kids who are as good as you and maybe better who play or hit better,” Duncan said. hard.”

With the loss of the team’s top two players from last season in fifth-year seniors Mark Goetz and Logan Perkins, Duncan will certainly have the opportunity to move up the roster in second-year. For that to happen, the Daniels native believes he has to stay in his 70s consistently.

“When you hit badly, you always have to find a way to shoot 75 or 74 instead of shooting 80,” Duncan said. “Grinding it is the main thing and keeping you there when you don’t have your ‘A’ game.”

A two-time Class AA medalist at the state tournament that helped guide the Tigers to a state championship in 2020, Duncan was also a successful high school basketball player.

As a senior, he was the starting point guard for the Class AAA state champion.

These days, Duncan is almost exclusively on links, though he hasn’t completely given up on hoops.

“I actually played about five summer league games this year at Woodrow to stay in shape a bit,” Duncan said. “I still have a bit, but definitely not like it was. It’s a little different, that’s for sure.