CORRECTION: A golf story published Saturday should have said Corey Cochran shot a 78 to lead James Wood.
By Jerry Holsworth - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Centreville's Noori Hyun combined for scores of 65 and 69 to win the 23rd Annual Bryan Gunter Memorial golf tournament and the Billy G. Phillips Trophy at Rock Harbor Golf Course on Friday. The first round was held Thursday with the second round Friday. It was Hyun's third straight individual championship at the tournament.
Centreville used Hyun's round (134) and superb rounds from Chris Upham (152, fifth overall), Keon Yo Song (160), and Marria Cho (169) to edge Loudoun Valley, 614-616, for the team championship.
"We just had two wonderful days of weather for the tournament," Handley coach Tommy Arthur said. "Everybody had a great time and we crowned a three-time champ. It really couldn't have gone any better."
Beneath the battle for first between Centreville and Loudoun Valley for the team championship, the Northwestern District teams battled it out in anticipation of their upcoming district mini-tournament Aug. 28 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
The Colonels had the edge at Bryan Gunter, but Sherando still holds first place in district competition. James Wood, which finished fourth overall with a score of 668, had both the Warriors and the Judges nipping on their heels all day. Sherando finished fifth (671) and the Judges tied for sixth (679) with Brentsville. Lake Braddock was third (632) in the 12-team tournament.
After the first day, it didn't look as though the Colonels were going to have such a high finish, trailing both Handley and Sherando after one round of play. James Wood, however, got an excellent performance from Corey Chapman, who dropped his score from 97 on Thursday to a 78 on Friday to lead the Colonels.
The other top finishers for James Wood were Dylan McKee with a combined score of 163 for the tournament, and Kyle Hevner (162).
"Our kids came back and made a big turnaround from Thursday," James Wood coach Al Smith said. "Sherando is number one right now, but we have a head-to-head coming up with them and we'll see how that goes."
The Warriors were also pleased with their performance. Cory Hammons was the top Sherando finisher with a score of 160, and Chris Slater and Cameron Wiseman both tallied 164 for the Warriors.
"We're getting used to Rock Harbor, and we are improving our scores here," Sherando coach Rob Wright said. "We've played here three times this year, and we've shot a lower score each time we've played here. I thought that we still could have done better, but these kids have played seven 18 holes over the last 10 days, and that's beginning to wear on them a little."
Handley's Aubrey Wilkerson had the top individual finisher among local golfers. The Judges senior finished fourth overall all with a score of 151. Loudoun Valley's Tanner Welsh (144) and Scott Davidson (146) took second and third respectively.
"It was really a tale of two nines," Wilkerson said. "I was playing with some really good players and I got a little too pumped up and shot a 42 on the front nine. I settled down on the back nine and scored a 36."
The other big story for the Judges was Jessie Nolan, who had only started playing golf two months ago. Nolan, after scoring a 103 on Thursday, was able to improve enough on Friday to place her in the top four of Handley's finishers.
"I thought we did really well, Arthur said. "On the first day we had a couple of personal bests. We didn't do as well on Friday but Aubrey had a great round. Jessie, who hasn't been playing golf of more than a couple of months, was able to get into our top four. She had an extraordinary day."
Millbrook, led by Grace Eisenhauser's 180, took eighth overall with a score of 703. Skyline was ninth with a score of 704. Zach Dave registered the low scored for the Hawks with a 180.