Virginia Northern Region High School Championship

October 5, 2010 by  

It was cool and breezy for the first round of the Virginia Northern Region High School Championship held at Twin Lakes in Centreville, VA.  The two-day, 36 hole stroke play tournament is being played on the Oaks Course.  The tournament features the top two teams from each district (8 teams with six competitors) as well as the top 5 individual players from each district (2o competitors).  In all, there are 68 competitors.

After the first round of play, Chantilly is on top with a combined score of 304.  This score is derived from taking the top four scores – Ji Soo Park, 74; Ju Hee Bae and Jack Dargle, 76; Vy Do, 78.  Langley is a close second at 310.  Will Byrne, 73; Edric Wung, 76; Joe Simpson, 80; Sam Walsh, 81.

Other Team Scores;

Centreville – 323

Madison – 323

Lake Braddock – 328

South County – 335

Yorktown – 350

Edison – 353

Top 5 (and ties) – Individuals

Alex Austin (Robinson) 74 (She told us at the tournament that she committed to play for Radford last night – Congrats to Alex! Click here to read a DC Metro Spotlight interview with Alex)

Tyler Satorius (Falls Church), Shabril Brewer (Westfield) 76

Mike Calo (Fairfax) 80

Nikos Pavlis (McLean), Casey Bannon (Mt. Vernon), Bobby Bradshaw (West Springfield) 81

The course was wet and many players were heard questioning why “lift, clean and place’ wasn’t implemented for the round.  We saw more than several approach shots from the fairway landing on or near the green with “mud balls.”  We also witnessed several severely embedded balls.  The conditions were wet but in the end, every player is subject to the same conditions.  The Rules of Golf do allow the Committee to institute a Local Rule allowing for lifting, cleaning, and replacing a ball if course conditions interfere with the proper playing of the game, including mud and extreme wetness. This is per Appendix I, Part A, 4. The Committee may make such a rule for either a ball lying anywhere through the green or on closely mown areas through the green.    The weather for tomorrow is “iffy.”  Scattered showers throughout the DC Metro area.  It’s uncertain whether the Centreville area will be the recipient of the showers.  Time will tell.

Overall, the scores were uncharacteristically higher than most would expect.  Again, the cooler temperatures, wind, and wet conditions no doubt contributed to the higher scores.  The top two teams move on to the State Championship. Can Centreville or Madison make up 13 strokes on Langley to take second and can Langley make up six strokes to win it over Chantilly?  The second round will be interesting.

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