By Tommy Keeler Jr. - firstname.lastname@example.org
HARRISONBURG -- Stonewall Jackson's golf team didn't have the kind of day the Generals had hoped for and they had to deal with a little bad luck. Despite all of that, the Generals still managed to finish second in the Shenandoah District tournament at Heritage Oaks golf course on Thursday.
It's the third straight year the Generals finished second in the tournament by two strokes. Riverheads won Thursday's tournament with a 330, while the Generals had a 332. Both teams qualify for the Region B tournament held at The Manor in Farmville on Oct. 1. Stonewall Jackson earned its regional berth by winning the regular-season title.
"Finishing second isn't too bad, considering that as a team we didn't play as well as we could have," Stonewall Jackson coach Roger Wilkins said. "Some of our guys had good days, and some had bad days."
One of the players who had a good day for the Generals was junior Andrew Good, who shot a 73 on the par 70 course. He was co-medalist in the tournament with Buffalo Gap's Nate Hildebrand.
Good shot a 37 on the front nine, and had a 36 on the back nine.
"I was hitting my drives really well today," Good said. "That put me in good position for my next shot, so that really helped me a lot."
Good said he made a birdie putt from approximately 30 feet away on the 18th to finish with his 73.
"That helped me out. It was a good way to end my day," Good said.
Stonewall Jackson sophomore Jonathan Koontz had a solid round, but had to deal with a lot of bad luck. Koontz lost six balls, all of which he said were in the middle of the fairway. He wasn't able to find them, and so he would have to go back and start the hole over. Koontz finished with an 85.
"It wasn't like I was hitting it out of bounds or in a hazard," Koontz said. "Outside of that, I felt like my putting was pretty decent."
Stonewall Jackson's usual No. 3 and 4 players, senior David Dodson and junior Colton Harlow, struggled a little bit with their rounds. Dodson fired a 94, while Harlow shot a 90.
Sophomore Ben Rosenberger, the team's normal No. 5 player, stepped up for the Generals and shot an 84. Rosenberger shot a 45 on the front nine, but responded with a 39 on the back nine.
"I was just thinking that I didn't know what everybody else was doing, so I've got to step it up," Rosenberger said of his back nine. "I just tried to focus and make sure I did my best."
Hildebrand was named the Shenandoah District Player of the Year. Good made the all-district team, and Wilkins was named the Shenandoah District Coach of the Year.
The Generals had been to regionals at least eight years in a row before coming up short last year. Good and Dodson qualified as individuals, but they were the only two that made it. Good said he is happy that everyone will get to experience it this year.
"I think regionals will be a lot of fun," Good said. "It will be nice to have the whole team there this year. I'm really looking forward to it."