Warren’s L’Amoreaux peaking at right time

Courtney L'Amoreaux Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – Courtney L’Amoreaux turned a bet into something special at Warren County.

The Warren County senior lost a bet with her father before her sophomore year and had to play golf. L’Amoreaux said she doesn’t even remember what the bet was, but once she played she decided to try out for the team, and it’s worked out well for her and the Wildcats.

Last week L’Amoreaux shot a career-best 82 at the Conference 28 tournament and qualified for the Region 3A East tournament. Both tournaments were held at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Winchester.

“It was pretty exciting. I felt awesome,” L’Amoreaux said of qualifying for regionals.

Last year she just missed qualifying for regionals. She finished tied for the final spot and lost in a playoff. She said that definitely motivated her last week in the conference tournament.

She shot an 87 in rainy conditions on Thursday in the regionals and finished in the top 30 overall. Even though she didn’t qualify for regionals she said she was happy with how she did, and was just happy to be there.

“It was cool,” L’Amoreaux said. “There were a lot of really good people there. So, that’s kind of intimidating, but it was a good experience.”

L’Amoreaux’s solid week helped earn her The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

There’s still more golf to be played for L’Amoreaux. She will compete in the Virginia High School League’s state girls qualifier on Oct. 19 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Last year she missed qualifying for the state tournament by five shots.

Warren County coach Matt Wadas said that it’s hard to know what the rest of the field will be like ahead of time, so L’Amoreaux just needs to focus on having a solid round.

“I think the big thing going into practice is to not worry about anything else, because you can’t control anybody else who shows up or not,” Wadas said. “Just for the next couple weeks get back on the course, make some adjustments and just focus on ourselves. I think if she makes the cut or doesn’t make the cut, if she can have another great round she’ll be happy with that outcome.”

L’Amoreaux said the first time she played golf was a little rough, and it’s taken time to keep improving.

“I couldn’t hit the ball to save my life,” L’Amoreaux said of her first golfing experience. “It took like five swings just to get it to go somewhere, and I remember sometimes my dad would say ‘Ok, just pick it up. We’re moving on.'”

As a sophomore, L’Amoreaux was shooting in the hundreds a lot, but she said her competitiveness wouldn’t let her give up on the sport.

“I like to be the best at things,” L’Amoreaux said. “I’m that kind of person, that I want to be the best at everything. So, I’m like ‘I’m not going to quit this. I want to be good at it.'”

With each year L’Amoreaux has steadily progressed. Wadas said that she was broke into the 80s as a junior. This year she has been shooting mostly in the mid-80s.

L’Amoreaux, who is also a standout soccer player at Warren County, said that she doesn’t practice much outside of school, but she’s just naturally gotten better with each season.

She’s also been the only girl on the team, and she said that doesn’t bother her at all. Wadas said L’Amoreaux is a great example for other girls.

“Being motivated when there aren’t any other females around is a bonus. That’s not something she’s worried about,” Wadas said. “I hope I can use her as an example to get more out. I’d love to see more girl golfers.”

L’Amoreaux said it’s definitely different competing against girls, like she will be doing at the girls state qualifier.

She said she just wants to qualify for states and try to have her best score of the season.

“I’m going to try and shoot in the 70s I’m really hoping for it,” L’Amoreaux said. “That would be just great.”

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