Falls Church Wins National District, Yorktown Runner-Up

September 25, 2009 by  

Everyone knew the final round of the National District Championship, played at Greendale Golf Course in Alexandria, VA, would be especially close.  Falls Church, coached by Mike Power, came into the day 13 strokes ahead of Hayfield and 18 ahead of Yorktown. The biggest battle was likely to be for 2nd place.  While the winner gets to hang the Champion’s banner, the top two teams get to advance to the North Region Championship.
Tyler Satorius

Sophomore Tyler Satorius of Falls Church won the Individual Title at the National District Champiionship with a two-day total of 142

Falls Church, led both days by the play of sophomore Tyler Satorius (70-72, 142) walked away with the banner today, headed to Fairfax National Golf Course, the host of the 2009 North Region Championship.  Satorius won the Individual Title with the low overall score for the tournament.  Said Power, of his team, “The team felt going into the district tournament that they were not perfect. We lost to Hayfield during the season and tied Yorktown. To win meant to play smart and not get in trouble early in the match. They played the course prior to districts enough times that they knew what clubs to hit and when.  They played smart.”  Scott Slocum, Stephen Burke, and Brad Smith all contributed scores towards the win.

Watching the match, there were times that you could sense that the Yorktown and Hayfield players, of which their respective top four players from the first round were all paired together with their counterpart, knew it was close.   There were times that Yorktown coach Chris Williams and Hayfield coach James Purdham could be seen discussing things while play was going on.  When asked after the match what the two were discussing, Coach Williams responded, “James and I spent most of the afternoon, crunching numbers, predicting, and discussing how our kids were playing. Both complimenting the play of each other’s team, and how we both thought the other team would pull out second place.”

Many athletes and coaches have rituals or superstitions they follow throughout the year to “help” them come out on top.  Coach Williams appears to have maybe adopted one as well.   He told DCMetroJuniorGolf that he changed up his normal coach attire for the second round, breaking a routine. “I went from wearing long pants to shorts, adidas to nike, socks and shoes, to wearing the same color shirt as the kids,” (if they wear blue he wears white and vice versa).  We will have to see what he styles during the Regions.

In the end, Yorktown slipped into the North Region by one stroke over Hayfield.  In a team match like this, stroke play rather than match play,  it’s difficult if not impossible to say any one stroke made the difference.   Anyone who has played the game knows that.  It’s a team effort and it was clear that no one was out there to lose.  They were all trying their best.  And, that effort wasn’t coming from just the top three teams, all the teams were trying to move up in the standings.

This is Hayfield’s first year in the National District after having moved from the Patriot District in a district realignment.  Coach Purdham said that while his team would not be advancing to the Regions, he thought they performed well.  He could be heard telling his team that they had a great regular season (7-1) and they just came up a couple of strokes short this time.  And, while the team may not be advancing, he was especially proud that Hayfield will be sending three players to the Regions who qualified to compete as individuals.

April Nimkareansuk of Edison qualified for the North Region Championship as an individual with the second lowest overall score in the National District, 151.

April Nimjareansuk of Edison qualified for the North Region Championship as an individual with the second lowest overall score in the National District, 151.

When asked how he would get his team prepared for the Regions, Coach Williams said, “I will remind the kids to enjoy being there, and we will have the some goal, as we always do, and that’s to win the group you are playing in.”  He went on to add, “This was the second year we (the National District teams) have played at a course by ourselves and it is great when second place came down to the last players on the course, and we had plenty of daylight.  In the past we would be finishing in the dark.  I think EW Knowlen, the DSA at J.E.B. Stuart and Brian Garvey, the ADSA at Stuart, should be congratulated for a great tournament. Plus all of the student athletes should be commended for the heart and determination they displayed over the past two days.”

Coach Power says that his team will approach the Regions the same way they approached the Districts, that is, “Go in knowing what you can shoot and how you as an individual will play each hole.”  Before leaving the course, Power told his players “to walk tall in school the next day, you just won the first golf title in school history. You won because you not only wanted it, but you were prepared.”

Team Scores

Falls Church – 643

Yorktown – 670

Hayfield – 671

Edison – 709

Mount Vernon – 723

Washington & Lee – 751

J.E.B. Stuart – 834

Wakefield – 870

Individual Scores

Tyler Satorius, Falls Church - 142

April Nimjareansuk, Edison - 151*

Scott Slocum, Falls Church - 156

Brad Johnson, Hayfield – 160*

Wade Oakley, Yorktown - 161

Hunter Garth, Hayfield – 168*

Max Chmelik, Yorktown – 168

Tyler Reid, Hayfield – 169*

Mike Murdoch, Mount Vernon – 170*

* denotes qualified for North Region as an individual

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