By Jeff Toquinto.
Three decades ago, Tim Dyer was in a situation similar to current West Virginia University golfers Tristan Nicholls and Max Sear. Dyer had spent his freshman and sophomore years as a member of the WVU golf team – just as Sear and Nicholls have. While the latter two could go on to become the first four-year Mountaineer golfers since the 1980s, Dyer found his collegiate career shortened after West
Virginia discontinued the program following his second year on campus.
“Losing the golf program was disappointing,” said Dyer, who now owns the Dyer Insurance agency in Clarksburg. “I was fortunate enough to have played my freshman and sophomore seasons before they discontinued the program. I always hoped it would be reintroduced to WVU and I am happy to be a part of its revitalization.”
WVU announced the reintroduction of the sport in 2013, tabbing Sean Covich to lead the first WVU golf team in more than 30 years. In September of 2015, Parkersburg native Alan Cooke became the first Mountaineer golfer to tee off in varsity competition since the early 1980s. The squad traveled the country playing in tournaments against the nation’s best, including WVU’s first-ever Big 12 Championship in May of 2016.
It was Sear who led the team at Big 12s, narrowly missing all-conference honors as a freshman. The team has flourished, taking second at the 2016 Rutherford Intercollegiate at Penn State, while Cooke made headlines as the medalist at the 97th West Virginia Amateur this summer.
“It is rewarding to see the program come back to the University,” Dyer said. “The team has a wealth of talent and under coach Covich’s tutelage, I look forward to watching their future success on and off the course.”
West Virginia has a lot to offer collegiate golfers. Strong academic programs, a great campus nestled along the Monongahela River, the opportunity to play at the nation’s best courses against the nation’s best golfers and the support of an entire state. However, the one thing WVU does not currently offer is a golf practice facility.
Dyer has pledged to help make that a reality for the Mountaineers. He has made a commitment totaling $25,000 over the course of five years towards the future construction of a golf practice facility for Covich’s program.