Sherando’s Loy places sixth at state golf tournament

Brett Loy

Sherando’s Brett Loy was looking to bounce back on Tuesday and he did.

The junior golfer fired a 74 to finish off the two-day Group 4A state golf tournament at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon and finish in sixth place overall.

“I just went out with a positive attitude, and I really want to do things differently than I had the day before,” Loy said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Loy was the defending Group 4A state champion and shot an 81 in the first round. He finished with a two-day total of 155. Loudoun Valley’s Brandon Weaver had a two-day total of 144, which was even par, to win the tournament.

Central’s Joseph Plauger shot a 79 in the Group 2A state tournament being held at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington. Plauger finished seventh overall with a two-day total of 162. Plauger had an 83 in the first round.

Strasburg freshman Austin Stickles had an 89 to finish with a two-day total of 181 in the Group 2A state tournament. Stickles shot a 91 on the opening day. Stonewall Jackson sophomore Yash Desai had a 108 and finished with a two-day total of 201 in the Group 1A state tournament, which was also held at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington. Desai shot a 93 on the first day of the tournament.

Loudoun Valley won the Group 4A team state title with a 621, just one shot ahead of E.C. Glass.

In the Group 1A state tournament, George Wythe won the team event with a 674, while Altavista placed second with a 694. Individually, Lancaster’s Alex Nelson won the 1A state title with a two-day total of 155. Nelson defeated Essex’s Carter Morgan in a playoff.

In the Group 2A state tournament, Robert E. Lee won the team event with a 661, while East Rockingham finished second with 671. Chatham’s Hunter Shelton won the Group 2A individual state title with a two-day total of 154.

After struggling in his first round, Loy said the biggest thing he wanted to improve on was his putting.

“I just worked really hard on my putting,” Loy said. “I just really focused on that before it started.”

Loy said Tuesday’s round was actually harder due to windy conditions. He said he was glad that he was able to bounce back in the second day of competition.

“After how I did on the first day, I was happy with how I did today,” Loy said.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com