Chantilly Wins the Northern Regional, Langley Second – Ji Soo Park Defends His Title

October 9, 2010 by  

Heading into the final around of the VHSL Northern Regional Championship at Twin Lakes in Centreville VA, Chantilly had a 6 stroke lead over Langley (304 to 310).  While you never count anyone or any team out, Madison was the next closest at 323.  A tall feat to overcome from that far away. The talk around the clubhouse and practice areas before the final round clearly was about what team, Chantilly or Langley, would win the coveted Regional Champion banner.  Chantilly has the #1 ranked boys player in Virginia, Ji Soo Park (who has already committed to play golf next fall at Virginia).  Park’s teammates are all capable of shooting in the 70s and it was clear that they would likely have to do that on this day to capture the banner.  This is because Langley is stacked with some very good  players as well.  Will Byrne posted the team’s best first round score, coming up big with a 73.  Freshman Edric Wung shot 76 on the first day and wasn’t particularly happy with the score.  After the first round, he told us, “I had a few mud balls from the fairways being wet.  That made it a little hard to get the ball on the green where I wanted it.  But, everyone was playing under the same conditions, so it’s all good. It should be a little better tomorrow.”

In the Regional (as well as the District tournament) each team fields at least four and no more than six players on the course.   The top four scores are aggregated for a team score.  As well, a team may change the field each day.  That is, a player may compete on Day 1 but sit out on Day 2.  That position is then filled by another teammate.  Teams may be co-ed and this year six of the eight teams were comprised of girl and boy competitors.  Per VHSL rules, girls play 85 percent of the distance (or as close as reasonably possible) from the boys tees.  The top two teams then go on to the State Championship.

The clubhouse on the second day was filled with players, coaches, parents, and friends as the final players were making their way into the scoring area.  Many in the crowd were heard calculating possibilities, such as if so and so player comes in with a 75, it’s over.  Or, if so and so shoots this score and so and so comes in with this score, then it’s gonna be close.  For awhile it looked like is was going to be very close.  Ji Soo Park was still out on the course and everyone knew he could go real low.  The numbers were adding up.  In the end, Park posted a 70.  And again, all the Chantilly players were in the 70s.  Chantilly prevailed with a 609 to Langley’s 616.  Chantilly takes home the banner and heads to the State as the 2010 Northern Region Champion.  Langley is still alive and will also head to Nansemond River GC in Suffolk, VA to compete in the State. The Championship will be played on October 11 and 12.

Chantilly

Round 1/Round 2

Ji Soo Park 74/70

Jack Dargle 76/89

Ju Hee Bae 76/79

Vy Do 78/79

Steve Aanstoos 81/77

Mike Gagne 81/83

Langley

Will Byrne 73/80

Edric Wung 76/71

Joe Simpson 80/79

Sam Walsh 81/76

Matt DiSalvo 81/83

Chris Brugge 91

Jack Sandusky 82

There is also an Individual Championship.  From the District Championships, the top five players among the non-qualifying District teams move on to the Regional and compete as individuals.  This gives these players an opportunity to win the Individual Championship and also qualify for the State Championship.  Per the VHSL Handbook, each Region may qualify six individual golfers determined by the six lowest scores who are not members of qualifying teams.    The Individual Championship is won by the player with the lowest two-day score.  This player can come from a team or from the field of individual qualifiers.  Last year, Chantilly’s Ji Soo Park won and he repeated his winning performance this year with a two-day 144.  Wung was second at 147 with Madison’s Tommy Curley placing third with a 151.

Individuals from non-qualifying teams that will advance to the State:

Tommy Curley, Madison – 151

Alex Austin, Robinson – 153 (see DC Metro Junior Golf’s Spotlight on Alex, here)

Michael Quinteros, Lake Braddock – 154

Shabril Brewer, Westfield – 156

Noori Hyun, Centreville – 158

Al Hubbard, Madison – 159 (won in a playoff against Tyler Satorius, Falls Church)

Good luck to all at State.  Well done!

Comments

2 Responses to “Chantilly Wins the Northern Regional, Langley Second – Ji Soo Park Defends His Title”

  1. Julie Tutwiler on October 10th, 2010 5:23 pm

    It would be nice to be able to see ALL the scores for all the players in the Northern Regional Tournament (VA).

  2. Mike Garth on October 10th, 2010 6:33 pm

    Hi. Thank you for your comment and I agree with you. You know, sometimes it’s difficult getting accurate information. We would love to have scores and summaries from all the matches during the year. We can’t possibly be everywhere at all times. We have sent emails to coaches and other outlets letting them know that we would love to post any information, scores, or summaries that they want to provide. We don’t receive much. Some of the junior tours provide us with information on their tournaments. Maybe your comment and others will help demonstrate that our readers do want more information. We exist simply to promote and increase awareness of High School Golf and Junior Golf in the DC Metro area.

    It just so happens that I was there and I took photos of the score sheets. I will edit the post ASAP. Thanks again for your input. Comments are not only welcome but encouraged.

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