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An emotional round at Bryce: Dragons win Bull Run mini for injured teammate

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Strasburg's Tyler Doman lines up a shot on the 17th hole during the Bull Run District mini-tournament Wednesday at Bryce Resort. Brad Fauber/Daily

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Central's Ben Kline prepares to tee off on the 17th hole at Bryce Resort on Wednesday during the Bull Run District mini tournament. Brad Fauber/Daily

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Central's Eric Semones tees off on the 17th hole during the Bull Run District mini-tournament at Bryce Resort on Wednesday. Brad Fauber/Daily


By Brad Fauber -- bfauber@nvdaily.com

BASYE -- William Monroe rolled to another victory on Wednesday during the second Bull Run District mini-tournament of the season at Bryce Resort.

The Dragons, who won the first district mini-tournament on Monday at Blue Ridge Shadows, had three golfers turn in scores in the mid-70s on Wednesday. William Monroe ended the day with a team score of 316, beating second-place Clarke County (346) by 30 strokes.

The win came at an emotional time for the William Monroe, which was without No. 4 golfer Ben Bohlman, who was in a serious car accident Monday night and is recovering from severe injuries at the University of Virginia Hospital.

"We're just dedicating this season to him, every one of us," said Dragons junior Austin Batten. "We're going to at least try to get into the state tournament for Ben. Hopefully he can make a comeback, but we don't know."

Batten and teammate Logan Yates tied for low-medalist honors as each shot a 75 on the par-71 course.

Strasburg placed third in the mini-tournament on Wednesday after a second-place finish on Monday. Junior Tyler Doman and sophomore Jacob Smith led the way for the Rams as each carded 87s. Jared Werner scored a 91 out of the No. 1 spot, and Rob Creekmur turned in a 98 to give Strasburg (363) a two-stroke advantage over Central for third place.

"Not having a lot of depth, it can cost you. I think today we escaped mainly because there's really not a lot of depth in the district among the other teams," said Rams coach Rick Bowley. "It might be whoever can find that fourth guy might end up being the best team when it's all said and done."

Central was led by rising junior Ben Kline's 83, and senior Eric Semones recovered from a disappointing round on Monday to finish Wednesday's match with an 86.

"I came out here today and fixed some things, and played pretty well," Semones said. "Tee shots with irons helped me a lot -- I stayed in a lot of fairways. My second shot on 17 saved me. I chunked the tee shot and then [landed on the green] from about 200 yards out. That was probably the shot of the day."

Jacob Allwine finished with a 94 for Central, and Tyler Ferrero turned in a 102 to give Central a total of 365 and its second consecutive fourth-place finish to start the season.

"We all know William Monroe is going to dominate, so it's a battle for second, and I feel a little better about it knowing that we have a legitimate chance of getting there by the end of the year," said Falcons coach Jeff Walters. "I saw some improvement out of Tyler Ferrero -- I'm really excited about that -- and Semones got back on his game, which is a good thing."

Smith, who carded an 85 at Blue Ridge Shadows for Strasburg two days ago, has been the most consistent competitor for the Rams so far this season, according to Bowley.

Smith said he competed in about half of Strasburg's matches last season as a freshman and worked hard in the offseason -- often golfing five times a week -- to work his way into the Rams' top four. His hard work has paid of thus far for both Smith and the rest of the Strasburg team.

"I was pretty stoked about the way I played today," Smith said. "Our No. 1 didn't have a good day, our No. 2 [Doman] didn't really have a good day, but when they needed me to have a good round, I had a good round."






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