HARRISONBURG — Stonewall Jackson and Strasburg came up short of advancing to regionals as a team, but the two schools will send a combined four golfers to next week’s regional championships.
The Generals finished third in Tuesday’s Bull Run District Golf Championships held at Spotswood Country Club, while Strasburg finished fifth. Only the top two teams and the top eight golfers not on the top two teams advance to next week’s Region 2B Golf Championships held at the same location.
Stonewall Jackson’s Emily Racer and Andrew Wymer and Strasburg’s Luke Mason and Kendal Sine each advanced to next week’s competition.
Madison County won the team title with a 344 and East Rockingham shot a 377 for second, while Stonewall Jackson shot a 386. Strasburg shot a 411.
The Generals went into the district tournament with high hopes of advancing as a team and coach Brady Kibler said they didn’t perform as well as they could have on Tuesday.
“That’s nowhere near our best golf,” Stonewall Jackson coach Brady Kibler said. “...We had Emily (Racer) and Andrew (Wymer) do what they needed to do, and we couldn’t find a third or fourth scorer that was going to get us in the ballpark to get us second place. Hats off to Madison and East Rock for coming out and playing good golf. Collectively as a team we didn’t do what we knew we could have.”
Racer had the top local score with an 87. The junior said she was pleased with how she performed.
“I think I played really well,” Racer said. “There were a few shots that I was kind of iffy about, but I came back and I did what I think I was supposed to do. We started on the back nine and I shot a 45, and then on the front nine I shot a 42. I really struggled on the back nine, but I came back on the front nine and I just put my head back in and did what I needed to do to come back.”
Racer said this week was the first time she had played at Spotswood Country Club, but she enjoyed the course.
“This is probably one of my favorite courses that we played at this year,” Racer said. “I really liked it not just because I played well, but because it’s not too hilly. There’s not a lot of water but it has nice scenery.”
Wymer shot a 94 to advance to regionals and Kibler said he was happy with how Wymer played.
“Andrew Wymer has been probably our most consistent golfer all throughout the year,” Kibler said. “So he ended up shooting a 94, which I know is not what he wants and not what he thinks he could have shot, but he did shoot a consistent round. He went 47, 47, which I know he can go lower, but he did kind of in the ballpark of where I thought he could.”
Strasburg’s chances of advancing took a blow when junior Blake Anderson suffered an injury on his first nine holes and had to retire from the tournament.
That left Strasburg with only four golfers, which meant every golfer’s score would count toward the team score.
“That just puts in a position where we have a kid that’s a freshman (Chris Davis) playing in the fifth spot,” Strasburg coach Joel Morgan said. “He’s gotten a lot better this year, but he’s still working at it. And you got to count (Davis’) 121. Hopefully, potentially Blake (Anderson) maybe was going to come in with something a good bit lower than that. That kind of puts you in a tough spot there. But Chris, he played as well as he could and did what he could for us. I’m hoping in years to come, he’ll put up some pretty good numbers for us.”
Sine led the Rams with a 92, while Mason shot a 95. Morgan said he’s happy for the pair that they will be able to play again next week.
“Luke (Mason) would certainly like to have a lower score than that, and he’s certainly capable of being lower than that,” Morgan said. “But who knows, maybe next week he can come back here and put up a really good number and see what happens. Kendal (Sine) I’m proud of him. Here over the last two weeks he’s really played good for us. A 92 today I felt like that was a solid score for Kendal today. And he had an 83 last week and he’s been practicing well. And I’m proud of what he’s done over the last couple weeks of the season for us. And he’s given himself a chance to play next week, which is nice for him.”
The rest of Stonewall Jackson’s scores were Braxton Biller with a 102, Henry Bull (103), Nick Foltz (104) and Nick Ryman (108).
Freshman Tinleigh Rusher had a 103 for the Rams.
Madison County’s Jackson Taylor was the medalist with a 79.
Racer said she is looking forward to coming back next week for the regional tournament.
“Its kind of exciting, but it’s also really nerve racking,” she said. “I’m very confident in myself and where I’ll place for regions because last year was a difficult year for me. But this year I’m excited to see what happens and I’m excited to come back.”