L’Amoreaux qualifies for regional

Warren County's Courtney L'Amoreaux tees off during the Conference 28 Tournament on Monday afternoon at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – All bets were off on Warren County senior Courtney L’Amoreaux Monday at the annual Group 3A Conference 28 tournament at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.

In her career, she has made several friendly wagers with her dad, Jim, about various phases of the game. First was the one that actually got her started in the sport, then came one which preceded her previous best score of 83 at the annual Skyline Invitational. Finally, with nothing on the line as far as her father went, she authored a personal best 82 at Shenandoah Valley to qualify for Thursday’s 3A East Regional, again at this site.

“What got me into golf was a bet I had with my father. He won, so I played,” said the lowest finishing Wildcat.

That was before her sophomore year. On Sept. 15, her father said he would buy her dinner if she shot what was then her career-best score, the 83. Betting-wise, nothing was on the line at the conference meet. Her school and individual mark were, however; and her card helped Warren (with a team total of 368 strokes among its top four finishers) reap its second best team score since the Wildcats split with Skyline in Front Royal during the 2007-2008 school year. That was according to Warren coach Matt Wadas.

“I was really nervous,” L’Amoreaux allowed on Monday. Not only was she on the top of her game, but several carts full of gallery members followed her and the rest of the Nos. 1 around the 18-hole, par 71 course.

Skyline's Brandon Griffith tees off during the Conference 28 Golf Tournament on Monday afternoon at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

“There were a lot of people,” L’Amoreaux said.

L’Amoreaux was playing in the first foursome, which started out on the White Nine and finished on the back Blue Nine. The group included low medalist Lance Kiser (one-over 72) of Brentsville.

L’Amoreaux, a three-year golfer who happens to be the regular-season and all-time assist maker for Warren’s girls soccer team, carded a triple-bogie 8 on the par-5 ninth hole, but on No. 10, a par five, she scored birdie. When it came to the second par five on the back nine, she parred 18.

“That tenth hole was big for her,” Wadas said.

The regional berth was important to L’Amoreaux because a year ago at this event, she missed the cut. She lost on a playoff hole after finishing her round tied for the sixth and final spot with an 88.

Warren County's Courtney L'Amoreaux lines a putt during the Conference 28 Tournament on Monday afternoon at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

L’Amoreaux will play in the boys’ regional on Thursday, and, if she qualifies, she will continue playing in the boys’ state tournament. Should she fail to qualify for the boys’, L’Amoreaux will have the chance to qualify for the girls’ state.

That qualification round also will be played at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Handley High School will host the event on Oct. 19

Playing in the first five with the low-medalist and L’Amoreaux was Skyline sophomore Brandon Griffith. Griffith carded an 86. That score gave him and teammate Trenton Little (also an 86) a chance to qualify for the regional on a sudden death elimination with two other golfers.

Little improved his score 21 shots from a year ago. He shot 107 in 2014.

James Monroe’s Andrew Hall birdied playoff No. 1 on the White Nine, a par 4, to claim the last qualifying spot.

Skyline's Brandon Griffith tees off during the Conference 28 Golf Tournament on Monday afternoon at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

Conference 28 champ Riverside (331) and runnerup William Monroe (333) will qualify their teams, while the top six individuals after that will go the regional.

“Both Trenton and I parred the hole but (Hall) knocked in his birdie putt,” said Griffith.

Host Skyline finished fifth with a four-man total of 363, while Warren was right behind its Front Royal rival in sixth. Eight teams took part.

A year ago in this tournament Skyline finished with a combined score of 384, while Warren shot a 394.

Warren County's Courtney L'Amoreaux putts during the Conference 28 Tournament on Monday afternoon at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

Skyline's Brandon Griffith hits a chip shot onto the green during the Conference 28 Golf Tournament on Monday afternoon at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily