Sherando’s Loy advances to state golf tournament

Sherando’s golf team narrowly missed out on qualifying for the state tournament at Monday’s Region 4A West tournament at Heritage Oaks Golf Course, but the Warriors did send one player on to the Group 4A tournament.

Sherando junior Brett Loy, last season’s 4A state champion, will return to defend his title after shooting a 76 Monday in Harrisonburg and winning a tiebreaker for the sixth and final individual place in the state tournament. As a team, Sherando (314) tied for second with Woodgrove and E.C. Glass, the latter of which earned a spot in the state competition with a victory on the first playoff hole.

Loy, who won the Conference 21A tournament at the same course on Sept. 24, finished in a five-way tie for the sixth individual state qualifying spot and advanced by topping the field on the first playoff hole, the par-5 No. 1.

“I gotta give Brett a lot of credit, he really came through on the extra hole,” Warriors coach Rob Wright said. “… We kind of told him he had three lives today … and the third time was the charm.”

Loy also served as one of four Sherando golfers who teamed up on the second-place team tiebreaker playoff hole alongside Mason Scott, Josh Hogue and Jonah Pearson. Wright said each team was allowed to choose four golfers, with the winning team determined by the players’ aggregate score. Wright added that Loy’s birdie putt lipped out on the first playoff hole, while a player from E.C. Glass scored a birdie that sent the Hilltoppers over Sherando and Woodgrove. All four Warriors scored par on the playoff hole, Wright said.

In regulation, Pearson shot a 78, Scott fired a 79 and Hogue an 81 to go along with Loy’s 76.

“The guys hung together,” Wright said. “They knew Brett was having an off round. … I think they kind of rallied around him a little bit.”

Loudoun Valley won the team championship with a score of 305, while Salem’s Elliott Gardner (72) took home the individual title with a playoff victory over Loudoun Valley’s Brandon Weaver.

The Group 4A state tournament will be held next Monday and Tuesday at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com