By Rick Kozlowski - Ogden Newspapers
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. -- Robert Fleming displayed his maturation as a golfer on Thursday during the Dr. Glenn Invitational golf tournament at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
He bogeyed the second hole he played, then triple-bogeyed the next hole.
The determined Washington senior took off after that.
"I started out bad today and made my comeback," Fleming said, "and parred out the last 15 holes."
There were a couple of birdies among his final 15 holes, and he finished with a round of 76 to win the annual tournament by two strokes over three other golfers.
His coach, Rusty Staubs, had mentioned to Fleming that the golfer could not have recovered from such a difficult start last season.
"I've been focusing on keeping my head in the game," Fleming said. "I like to think, 'If you can't do it for yourself, do it for your team.'
"You don't want to let your team down."
Washington won the event with a team total of 319. The Patriots defeated Hedgesville (326) and St. James, Md., (329) among the 10 competing teams.
Sherando carded a combined 342 to finish sixth, one spot behind Northwestern District rival James Wood (336).
"I'm really happy," Fleming said. "This is the first time I've ever won a big tournament like this, and it feels good."
Fleming shot an 83 to finish sixth a year ago.
None of the six golfers who won awards this year even hit 80 on a gorgeous day for playing.
Ottom Bunjapemei of Mercersburg, Pa., Owen Elliott of Hedgesville and Chris Slater of Sherando all finished with 78s. Bunjapemei took second based on the handicap-tiebreaker, with Elliott third and Slater fourth.
Lawson Boggs of Hedgesville came in fifth and Ryan Mumaw of Washington sixth. Each of them shot 79s.
Also adding scoring efforts for Sherando were Savannah Ford (87), Mason Scott (87) and Anthony Pierro (90).
Washington's team finish was bolstered with Patrick Burgess, Jacob Shuff and Seth Campbell all shooting 82s.
Colin McPeak's 83 led Berkeley Springs, Patrick Glenn topped Jefferson with an 86, Cory Triplett's 96 led Martinsburg and Caleb Hutzler's 85 paced Musselman.
The West Virginia teams have one more week of the regular season left before regional tournament play commences on Sept. 24.