Park and Austin Win at SERVPRO, Langley Wins Team Competition

August 14, 2010 by  

The 5th Annual SERVPRO Invitational was held earlier this week at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Centreville, VA.  This is the largest High School golf tournament in the DC Metro area.  This year, 24 teams from the DC Metro area competed.  The event is held over two days with competitors playing 18 holes each day.

The team from Langley High School (McLean, VA) won the team competition with a two-day total 583 (292, 291).  The five player squad consisted of Joe Simpson (71, 72), Matt DiSalvo (72, 74), Ryan Nunes (83, 76), Edric Wung (69, 72), and Jack Sandusky (79, 74).  At the helm is Coach Al Berg.  Placing 2nd and 3rd were Chantilly at 596 and Centreville at 603.

(l-r) Ryan Nunes, Jack Sandusky, Edric Wung, Joe Simpson, Matt DiSalvo, Coach Al Berg

In the individual competition, Noori Hyun (Centreville) held a one-shot lead over Chantilly’s Ji Soo Park after first round play.  Hyun fired a 66 to Park’s 67.  Wung’s 69 was enough to put him in the leader group on the second day.  And, Robinson’s Alexandra Austin shot a 72 which put her in the last group for the final round.  You can read DC Metro Junior Golf’s exclusive interview with Alex here.

In second round play, the top three Boys players were close enough in score to keep it interesting the entire day.  Hyun and Park, rising seniors, are well-seasoned players – both have already committed to college programs, Hyun to Michigan and Park to Virginia.  Wung, a freshman, has junior golf experience as well (he recently finished 23rd at the Callaway Junior World Championship) and will be a great asset to the Langley team for the next four years.

While Wung was holding his own out there, it became clear that making up ground on the other two was going to be a difficult, if not impossible task.  Hyun and Park battled back and forth for most of the day.  Both players struggling a bit with the putter.  At the turn, Park had closed the gap and actually taken the lead by two.  Park turned at 33 to Hyun’s 36.  Wung also turned at 36.

Moving to the back, Park and Hyun went to #16 tied.  Hyun, first off the tee, put his drive left and in some trees.  He had line of sight to the green, but he was left with a low shot to avoid overhanging tree limbs and a greenside bunker was also between him and the green.  Park placed his drive in the middle of the fairway, laying 85 yards to the flagstick.  Park said that, “When Noori pulled it into the trees there, I just told myself to put it in the fairway, I was feeling good with my yardages inside a hundred and I was left with 85.”  Park proceeded to put his approach to within 5 feet, looking at birdie.  Hyun took his time, surveying his shot, and then settled over the ball.  His shot was nearly the best that could likely be played from that position.  Unfortunately, the ball went through some leaves, clipped a tree limb and landed in the bunker.  “I was really trying to get it up there, it was a tough shot and as you saw it hit some branches and landed in the bunker.  I get up to the bunker and it wasn’t the best lie,” Hyun said afterward.  Faced with the tough bunker shot, he managed to get it out and on the green but it wasn’t exactly what he was looking for.  Hyun said “it was a tough lie and I ended up leaving the ball further from the hole than I wanted.”  He missed his first putt, leaving himself a little work coming back.  Park drained his birdie putt.  When all was said and done, Hyun three-putted for a 6 to Park’s 3, a three-shot swing.

Noori Hyun of Centreville High School hitting from the bunker on #16 at the 2010 ServPro Invitational held at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Noori Hyun of Centreville High School hitting from the bunker on #16 at the 2010 ServPro Invitational held at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Standing on the 17th tee, Park said “I was nervous.  That’s a challenging hole and I was telling myself to put it in the fairway.  I didn’t want to go left into the hazard (lateral).  I setup, checked my club face, told myself  ‘easy swing’ and I just pushed it way right.”  In fact, he went OB.  This left a small chance for Hyun.  Granted, three back with two left is not an easy task, but possible.  He pulled driver and was looking to gain some ground, “Being three behind, I had to do something.  Eighteen is an easy hole so I probably wouldn’t make it up there.”  However, he ended up going left, into the very lateral hazard that Park was wanting to avoid, dashing any real possibility of gaining three strokes back in the next hole and a half.

In the end, it was Park who shot a 69 with Hyun coming in at 73.  Park’s two-day total of 136 won him medalist honors.  Hyun finished at 139 and Wung, shooting an even par 72, finished at 141 placing third in the tournament.

Ji Soo Park of Chantilly High School won the individual title at the 2010 ServPro Invitiational held at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Ji Soo Park of Chantilly High School won the individual title at the 2010 ServPro Invitiational held at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

On the Girls side, Alex Austin has been playing very consistent golf as of late.  The rising senior recently had a top-10 finish in an AJGA event where she shot 76-77.  Her play at the ServPro was no different.  She finished first among the Girls’ competitors, shooting a two-day total 145 (72-73).  Robinson coach Tom Lizardo had nothing but praise saying, “I can’t wait until Alex hits her full stride.  The best part is that I see lots more potential there, her scores have nowhere to go but down.”

Alex Austin of Robinson Secondary School won the Girls individual title at the 2010 ServPro Invititational held at Twin Lakes Golf Course.  She posted scores of 72, 73.

Alex Austin of Robinson Secondary School won the Girls individual title at the 2010 ServPro Invititational held at Twin Lakes Golf Course. She posted scores of 72, 73.

The SERVPRO is a perennial favorite of most the players in the area. Coach Karl Kerns, previously at Lake Braddock Secondary and now at Woodbridge High School, is the point man for the SERVPRO.  His dedication continues year after year.  You can read more about Karl and the SERVPRO here.   His tireless efforts make it happen out there.

Frank El Kurdi of SERVPRO is the enthusiastic SERVPRO leader behind the tournament.  All one has to do is strike up a conversation with him to quickly understand that he is dedicated to this event and to the players involved.  “It’s not about what can I get out of this, it’s about what more can I give to this,” he says.  “To see these players here, competing.  Showing good manners and sportsmanship.  Golf is a great game.  It’s great to see kids behaving this way.”

As the naming sponsor, for this year’s tournament, SERVPRO donated a total of $5,000 in scholarship money.  $2,500 to the 1st place school, $1,500 to the 2nd place team and $1,000 to the 3rd place school.  ServPro also provided each player with a gift package as well as supplying all the tournament trophies & plaques.  El Kurdi says that SERVPRO will continue to sponsor and improve the event in the coming years.  “Our goal for 2011 is to have 30 teams participating and also to increase the scholarship level.”

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