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James River shoots 309 on its home course to advance to the 2A West regional in Bluefield.
Monday, September 30, 2013
TROUTVILLE - James River coach Carol Brenner was wearing a white visor with the words "Fincastle on the Mountain" enscribed on it Monday.
Brenner's subliminal message obviously worked wonders at the inaugural Conference 38 championship at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club.
Paced by senior Luke Arney's even-par 71, James River utilized its superior depth to a 25-over-par 309 total and outdistanced runner-up Floyd County by seven shots. Both teams earned bids to Thursday's 2A West regional at Fincastle in Bluefield.
This one was all about the home team. A James River squad that finished second in the state last year got the hot round from Arney and backed it up with solid numbers.
"I know this course in and out,'' Arney said with an impish grin.
He hesitated and added: "I'm actually the club champion right now."
He backed up those credentials by jump-starting his round with an eagle-3 on the first hole and cruised to his lowest round of the season.
"I started off the day not hitting it very good on the driving range, but I was putting well on the putting green,'' he said. "I got lucky and got a good bounce on the second shot and only had a foot for eagle. That made me feel like something good might happen this day."
Floyd's Amanda Hollandsworth, always a threat to win anywhere she tees it up, finished second at 72.
Brenner, who bought the visor last week when she took her squad to Fincastle for a practice round, had her troops fired up.
"I would have taken 309 before we played,'' she said. "We're deep, we're a solid lineup so have an advantage there. Some people think if you play your own course that's such a big advantage, but sometimes you take things for granted on your home course. We didn't do that. We played very serious golf, very serious focus.
And Arney's bust-out day? She knew it was coming soon.
"It's been there, it's just been ready to spill out. It just wasn't ready until [Monday],'' the happy coach said.
Giles finished 13 shots back in third. The Spartans won't be eligible for the regional team title. They will have three players in the field - individual qualifiers Gunar Frazier (75), Kory Wilson (77) and Joseph Clark (84).
Glenvar's Austin Fox (76), plus Martinsville's Cody Martin (77) and Austin White (78), also qualified as individuals.
Conference 38 gofl tournament
at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club (Par 71)
Medalist - Luke Arney, James River, 71.
James River (309) - Luke Arney 71, Trevor Statome 78, Sean Kessler 80, Hunter Thompson 82, Aaron Atkins 83, Noah Thompson 91.
Floyd County (316) - Amanda Hollandsworth 72, Alex Conner 78, Morgan Cox 82, Jack Williams 84, Justin Conduff 95, Evan Davis 100.
Giles (322) - y-Gunar Frazier 75, y-Kory Wilson 77, y-Joseph Clark 84, David Sadler 86, Douglas Good 89, Hunter Carbaugh 90.
Glenvar (338) - y-Austin Fox 76, Lauren Seiger 86, Drew Norris 86, Carter Holliday 90, Jordan Ritter 94, Zach Alls 94.
Martinsville (338) - y-Cody Martin 77, y-Austin White 78, Carson Rigney 88, Avery Mills 93, Tyler Hairston 98, Nyomi Tarpley 103,
x - qualified for 2A West regional as team
y - qualified for 2A West regional as individual
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