2010 VHSL Girls State Championship Final Round

October 26, 2010 by  

The battle for the VHSL Girls State Open Championship came down to two girls, both freshmen, and the final two holes is where it was decided, by two strokes. Playing in the final group. Chantilly’s Ju Hee Bae and Manchester’s Lyberty Anderson came to the 17th tee all tied. Anderson uncorked a drive that put her about 50 yards from the green before Bae landed her drive 100 yards out.

When Bae’s approach landed on the green, and Anderson left her’s short, it appeared Bae would weather the storm of Anderson’s back nine charge. Bae had led by as many as three strokes, but Anderson got up and down for birdie on 17 while Bae had her only three putt of the day. The advantage went to Anderson as the competitors came to the par 5, 18th.  Anderson completed the finishing hole with a birdie, and Bae could only manage par, making Anderson’s two-day total of 136 good enough to claim the State title.  Most amazing about Anderson’s victory was not her two-day total nor even her sizzling final day back nine of “32″ — rather it was the fact that she did all of this while nursing a broken growth plate on her left shoulder.

Not only was Bae’s 138 good enough for second place, three strokes better than Hickory High senior and last year’s runner-up, Lauren Coughlin’s 141, it also had many of the players and coaches buzzing about the new rivalry in Virginia Girls Golf that seems set to continue for the next three years as seniors such as Coughlin, Westfield’s Shabril Brewer and Robinson’s Alexandra Austin (committed to Radford) give way to the underclasswomen. (See DC Metro Junior Golf’s exclusive Spotlight on Alex, here). For their parts, Brewer and Austin completed their high school careers with strong performances. Brewer, bolstered by a front nine that matched Anderson’s final nine, also equaled Anderson for the low round on the final day, shooting a 69.  Brewer’s two-day total of 144 gave her 4th place, one shot better than Lauren Eklund of Charlottesville and freshman Kushboo Thiagaraj of Battlefield.

When Austin rolled in the final putt of her high school career for a birdie on 18, she also finished tied for 5th with a 145 score for the 36-hole event. One shot behind Austin was Victoria Newberry. Rounding out the top 10 finishers for the event were Shelby Shote with a 147 and Herndon Hornet Jessica Merrill who shot 149.

In all, DC Metro area golfers took 6 of the top 10 spots in the statewide event. Congratulations to all the young ladies who competed at this event and special kudos to Brewer and Austin for giving us many great memories at high school and junior golf events these last sevveral years. We wish both ladies every success as they look forward to their college golf careers.

We want to remind all the seniors out there that will be continuing their golf career at the college level, please let us know if/when you sign a National Letter of Intent.  Give us the details and we will post them in the “College Signings” section of our website.  The early signing period is upon us very soon!  Again, congrats to all!

For complete results of the Championship, go to the VHSL website, here.

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2 Responses to “2010 VHSL Girls State Championship Final Round”

  1. Anderson, Pizetoski Win the 2010 Junior Valentine Invitational | DCMetroJuniorGolf on November 1st, 2010 7:52 pm

    [...] VA.  She posted 82,75 – 157. Read more about Anderson and the VHSL Championship here.  In the Boys Division, Danny Pizetoski (committed to University of Richmond) of Huntersville, NC [...]

  2. IJGT In Town This Weekend | DCMetroJuniorGolf on March 18th, 2011 8:06 am

    [...] the Girls 15-19 age division there are two highly ranked local players, Ju-hee Bae (Chantilly, VA) and Alexandra Austin (Burke, VA). Bae is currently ranked 100 in the JGS rankings. [...]

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