Bianco, Loy lead Sherando to golf victory

Brett Loy

FRONT ROYAL – Josh Bianco won’t be getting rid of his shoes anytime soon.

The Sherando senior golfer has found a lucky charm with his shiny red Nike sneakers.

“They’re my magical shoes. Every time I wore these shoes I’ve shot a 73,” Bianco said after shooting another 73 on Tuesday.

Bianco and teammate Brett Loy each shot a 73 to lead Sherando to first place in the Northwestern District mini-tournament held at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.

Bianco said it was the third time this year he has worn the shoes, including twice at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. He said he plans to wear them for every match the rest of the season.

He said that the key to his round was staying in the fairways and playing smart. Bianco said that he also stayed composed after a bad hole and came back with straight birdies. He said it also helps playing on his home course.

“It helps you with course management, where to play the ball,” Bianco said.

Loy was playing in his first tournament of the season. He missed the first week due to playing in a tournament in Florida.

Loy said he has been playing in tournaments all over the East Coast for the last month.

“I’ve really been playing pretty good for the last month, been really consistent, right around par,” Loy said. “It’s just been a really good summer. It was a lot of fun.”

Loy said it was nice being back with his high school teammates, but he wasn’t real pleased with his round.

“I just never got anything going today,” Loy said. “… I just had a few errand shots at the end with my tee ball and that cost me a couple bogeys, and I didn’t really scramble all that great.”

Loy said he had two birdies on the day, one on 1 white and 9 white.

The Warriors won as a team with a 312. James Wood and Millbrook each shot a 365, followed by Skyline with a 367 and Handley with a 371.

Skyline’s Lauren Sims shot a 75 to lead the Hawks.

“She’s been working hard all summer, and she’s improved tremendously,” Skyline coach Roy Kelly said.

Kelly said that he had a couple golfers out on vacation. He said he’s been pleased with how some of his younger golfers have been playing, and it’s optimistic about the season.

“If we can put together four good scores we got a chance to win some matches,” Kelly said. “… We got some good things to look forward to.”

Sherando also has some younger golfers on this year’s team, and Sherando coach Rob Wright said he was pleased with how they’ve been coming along.

“They’ve dropped the scores from what they had been,” Wright said. “I think we’re going in the right direction.”

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