Loy, Warriors win district mini-tournament
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WINCHESTER — Brett Loy felt right at home at Rock Harbor golf course on Tuesday afternoon.
The Sherando sophomore plays on the course a lot and it showed as he won the Northwestern District mini-golf tournament with a 71. He also helped lead the Warriors to first place in the four-team tournament with a 311 team score. Handley chose not to play in the event.
“This is my home course, so I really like it,” Loy said. “I’ve been here for probably nine years, so I pretty much know it like the back of my hand.”
Loy said he made three birdies and an eagle and enjoyed playing in the nice conditions.
On 15, Loy made an eagle on the Par-5 hole.
“I hit a good drive in the middle of the fairway, and then hit a six-iron to be about 10-to-12 feet and made the putt,” Loy said. “It’s the best round I’ve had this year in a tournament.”
James Wood finished second with a 336. Skyline shot a 398.
Heading into next week’s conference tournaments, Sherando and Skyline wanted to get some momentum and both accomplished that.
The Warriors had a strong day from Mason Scott. The junior finished tied for second with a 78.
He said his best hole was on the Par 4, 16th, where he almost made a hole in one before settling for an eagle on the 230-yard hole.
“I almost holed it out. I stuck it to about two feet [from the hole], and I had just a nice little tap-in there,” Scott said. “That was a nice addition to the round. It really gave me the confidence to keep on pushing through the last two holes.”
Scott said that he also had two birdies on the front-9, making it one of the more up and down days that he’s had.
“It was pretty crazy,” Scott said. “That was probably the most adventurous round I’ve ever had score-wise.”
Sherando’s Josh Hogue shot an 80 and Jonah Pearson shot an 83.
Sherando coach Rob Wright was happy with how his team performed.
“Our scores have been up a little bit team-wise, and we know we’ve got to get them down,” Wright said. “The 311 was good today. It was a good start.”
Skyline was playing without senior and No. 1 player Anthony Crescienzi, who was having his wisdom teeth taken out.
Skyline freshman Brandon Griffith led the way with an 86.
“The young guys really stepped up,” Skyline coach Colin Miller said. “Brandon Griffith keeps getting better and better as the season goes on. He had two birdies and an eagle. It was an up and down day for him. He started really strong, had a couple up and down holes, but all in all we’re really impressed with the way he’s getting the job done for us.”
Miller said he was also really pleased with the play of freshman Trenton Little, who had the second best score for the Hawks with a 99.
Skyline will play in the Conference 28 tournament on Monday at Green Hills Golf Club in Stanardsville.
The Hawks have a very young squad — Crescienzi is the only senior — and Miller said it would be nice to do well and give the young players some added confidence heading into the offseason.
“I think that’s a big goal for us is to get a low as score as we can as a team, but also send a couple individuals to regionals,” Miller said. “I think it’s really important to end the season on a high note, so you can take that momentum into next year and the offseason.”
Sherando will play in the Conference 21 tournament at Algonkian Golf Course in Sterling on Monday.
The Warriors were not able to qualify for regionals last year, and are hoping to take things a step further this year.
“We should have a pretty good chance to make the region,” Loy said. “We just got to play a little bit better than today. There’s always room for improvement.”
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