Sherando’s Loy wins 4A state golf crown
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FOREST — Sherando High School’s Brett Loy was of two minds on Tuesday morning as he watched the raindrops steadily fall with no sign of letting up.
On the one hand, the Warriors’ talented sophomore wanted to continue what he’d started during Monday’s first round of the Group 4A state golf tournament at Ivy Hills Golf Course. Loy had forged a one-shot lead and was eager to keep playing at a high level on Tuesday.
But on the other hand, if the rain just refused to abate, Loy knew that whoever led at the time the tournament was halted would be the state champion — and that just happened to be Loy.
Loy got in one hole on Tuesday, shooting par on Ivy Hill’s par-four No. 1 hole, and had reached the green on the No. 2 hole before tournament officials called the golfers back to the clubhouse as the rain started coming down hard.
“They called us in, then they had a meeting around noon, and after a couple hours they called it,” Loy said during a phone interview. “I was still wanting to play. But it was still pretty cool knowing if we weren’t going to play, I was the state champion.”
That’s just how it played out, as Loy’s two-round 76 held up for a one-stroke victory.
“I was happy to win it,” Loy said. “I just worked so hard for it this year.”
Loy said playing regionals on the same course last week helped familiarize him with the layout and greens.
“I didn’t miss too many fairways,” Loy said. “I putted extremely well in regionals and states. I kind of got a read on it last week at regionals.”
Loy opened Tuesday’s second round with a very familiar face among his foursome — Northwestern District rival Roger Repasky of James Wood, who entered the day tied for second and finished the same way after also making par on his lone hole Tuesday to finish with a 77.
“Today was a funny day,” Repasky said during a phone interview. “I shot a 73 on Monday, got one hole in today and then came a torrential downpour.”
In the Group 3A state championship also played at Ivy Hill, Central’s Joseph Plauger also got in only one hole before his day was done. He made par on the par-4 No. 10 to finish in 15th overall with an 86.
“Joseph got in one hole that counted,” Falcons coach Jeff Walters said. “He played a great hole, that’s what he did.”
Walters said the rainy conditions made Tuesday’s final round hazardous for the players.
“It was awful,” Walters said. “It was Caddyshack monsoon weather.”
Players in the Group 2A state golf championship at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon had better luck with the weather. Strasburg’s Colten Smith got in his entire second round, shooting an 86 after firing an 88 on Day 1 to finish with a 174 good for near the middle of the field (official results were unavailable Tuesday night).
“We got pretty lucky,” Strasburg coach Jordan Hardy said of the weather. “It rained a little bit, just on and off, in the middle and it was windy, but really not a bad day.”