HARRISONBURG — Colin Kosubinsky didn’t have his best day, but did enough to take home the top prize.
The Strasburg senior overcame a weather delay and a shaky start to win the individual title in the Bull Run District Golf Tournament on Monday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course. Kosubinsky shot an 81 to lead the Rams to the team title. Stonewall Jackson finished second to qualify for regionals as a team along with Strasburg.
“The first few holes were nerve-wracking, I started making some bad swings,” Kosubinsky said. “Finally finding a groove and making a few pars was the big thing. ...Just making some putts was the big thing — getting up and down and making putts.”
There was a 45-minute lightning delay and players had to deal with a steady rain for the early part of their rounds.
The Rams finished with a team score of 342 points. Strasburg senior Corey Keller finished second individually with an 84. Strasburg senior Drew Thomas, who was the top golfer in the district during the regular season, shot an 85.
Stonewall Jackson shot a 375 as a team for second place. Stonewall Jackson senior Tucker Dorman led the team with a 91. Henry Bull shot a 92 and teammate Emily Racer shot a 95 for the Generals.
“I’m very proud of them,” Stonewall Jackson coach Brady Kibler said. “We knew coming into this we had a legitimate shot to qualify — we just needed to get second. We did what we were supposed to do.”
Kibler said he was happy for Dorman, the only senior in the starting lineup, to produce the top score for the team.
“He’s been very consistent for us,” Kibler said of Dorman. “You just know when he comes out here and it means something that he’s going to turn it on. He’s been doing very well for us. He’s been a great leader, really showing these younger ones how to handle the pressure and show them the ways of how to handle practice and get better every single day.”
Strasburg, as the regular season champion, automatically qualified for next week’s Region 2B tournament and the Generals qualified as the second-place team behind Strasburg in the district tournament. The top eight individuals not on Strasburg or Stonewall Jackson also advanced to next week’s regional tournament, which will also be held at Heritage Oaks Golf Course.
Kosubinsky said that he birdied 16, a par 5, for his only birdie of the day.
“I got lucky, I hit a rock (on my approach shot) and it bounced up on the green,” he said. “I made a good putt and then tapped in for birdie.”
Kosubinsky said it felt good to win the individual title after finishing second behind Thomas most of the season.
Strasburg coach Joel Morgan said he was also really pleased with the performance from Keller, the team’s No. 4 golfer.
“He’s been fighting it a little bit for the last couple weeks and struggling,” Morgan said of Keller. “He’s been a little down on himself. For us and for him, and heading into next week, it was nice to see him have a nice day out there for us today.”
It was Strasburg’s second district tournament title in a row and Morgan said it was nice to be able to accomplish that, especially after losing five seniors from last year’s squad.
“Some of these kids have played behind some good players for a few years,” Morgan said. “They didn’t get as many opportunities to play. If they would have played somewhere else, maybe they would have had more opportunities, but they hung in there. They’ve been able to come out this year and be able to feel like ‘hey, we’re the ones winning the thing this year.’ So I think that’s been nice to see those kids be able to do that.”
Kibler said that in the Generals first match of the season they only had one score in the 90s, with everyone else shooting 100 or more. In the district tournament, his team had one score over 100 with all of the other scores in the 90s.
Stonewall Jackson had two freshmen and three sophomores in its top six on Monday. With a young squad, Kibler said that qualifying for and playing in regionals is a great experience.
“To come in and qualify for the regional tournament — that’s big,” Kibler said. “That’s going to jump start us into next year. It’s exciting, very exciting.”
Kosubinsky said the Rams, who finished fifth in the Class 2 state meet last year, would like to do well at regionals again next week.
“We’re all excited,” he said. “Hopefully we can get back to the state tournament. We want to go as a team and not just as individuals. It would be nice to make an appearance back at the state tournament for the second year in a row.”