Historic Triangle Golfers Conclude State Tournament Play

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Will Bell had the best finish of all four Historic Triangle golfers at the Group 4A state tournament.  (file photo)
Will Bell had the best finish of all four Historic Triangle golfers at the Group 4A state tournament. (file photo)

Golfers from Jamestown and Lafayette wrapped up their play in the Group 4A state tournament at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon on Tuesday.

Competing as individuals, the four players all played relatively even with each other.

Jamestown’s William Bell had the best showing of all four Historic Triangle golfers, posting a second-day score of 85 to make his two-day score an even 160.

Bell’s teammate Triston Buckley shot a second-round 86, which brought his tournament score to 165.

Lafayette’s Tawni Hatcher rebounded from an opening round score of 85 with a 77 on Tuesday. The improved round brought her total tournament score to 162.

Finally, Preston Ruescher followed Monday’s 86 with an 84 on Tuesday, which made his two-day score an even 170.

Among the 12 individual contestants, Bell finished fifth, while Hatcher took sixth place. Buckley was tied for seventh place, and Ruescher finished in ninth.

The best score among  all golfers in the Group 4A state tournament was from Loudoun Valley’s Brandon Weaver, who shot a tournament-best 144.

Warhill Finishes 3A State Tournament in Fourth

Warhill’s golf team, competing at the state level for the first time, wrapped up its final day of competition at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon on Tuesday.

The Lions finished the Group 3A state tournament in fourth place with 731 total strokes. The Lions finished behind third-place New Kent, which had 657 strokes.

Abingdon took home the state title with a combined 608, edging Hidden Valley that had a total of 624 strokes for the tournament.

A strong wind on the back nine holes caused most scores to be higher on the second day of competition across all players.

Bryce Parker improved on his first-round score by five strokes. After shooting a 91 on Monday, Parker followed up with a 14-over 86 on Tuesday. His total score of 177 matched that of his teammate Peter Conway, who shot a second-round 92 after opening tournament play with an 85.

Blake Sawyer also improved on his first round by five strokes, carding a 92 on Tuesday after a 97 on Monday. Austin Beaulieu and Cole Ciegel struggled during the second round of play, shooting a 102 and 106, respectively.

After being disqualified in the first round of play for signing an inaccurate card, Evan Kerr posted an uncharacteristically high score of 111 in the second round.

Despite finishing fourth in the tournament, Randall is happy his junior-heavy team got the experience he thought would not come until next year.

“The experience was invaluable,” Randall said. “I thought we would play better than we did, but I’m not disappointed in them. I’m looking forward to next year already, because we are going to have a lot of seniors.”

Bruton’s Carr Concludes Play in State Tournament

Bruton’s Sam Carr finished his stint at the Group 2A state tournament at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington on Tuesday.

After a poor first round score of 98, Carr improved slightly by shooting a 21-over 93.

Carr saw improvement on the front nine holes, carding a 44 Tuesday as opposed to his opening round 49. However, Carr continued to struggle on the back nine, where he matched his first-round score of 49.

Of the 12 individual qualifiers in the state tournament, Carr finished 10th with a two-round score of 191. The best individual scorer in the tournament was Hunter Shelton from Chatham, who posted a two-round score of 154.