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Amanda Hollandsworth will try to join older sibling Jessica as the only sisters to win VHSL golf titles.
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Floyd County’s Amanda Hollandsworth will try to lead the Buffaloes to their sixth state team golf championship.
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Patrick Henry’s Hill Donihe (above) and Franklin County’s Landon Prillaman will compete as individuals in the state tournament.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Floyd County senior Amanda Hollandsworth would love nothing more than to have the luxury of firing such a shout-out to her older sister come Tuesday afternoon.
In one of the highlight angles of the six state high school golf championships that start today at three different venues, Hollandsworth will launch a bid at completing the first “sister-sister” double in the sport in VHSL history.
“The nerves are getting little bit high,” Hollandsworth said. “I guess I’m really anxious to see what happens.”
For good reason. After matching her older sister Jessica’s two VSGA Girls titles in unprecedented fashion this past summer, Amanda gets her final shot at adding the family name to the record book a third time.
Jessica, now an assistant golf coach at James Madison University, won the Group A crown in 2004 and ’07. Amanda will get her last chance today and Tuesday in the 2A championship at Front Royal’s Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Additionally, she will be hoping to lead her surging Floyd County squad to its sixth state title.
“It would be awesome if I go out and win as a team and and an individual,’’ Hollandsworth said. “If not individually, as a team. It would just be nice to win one or the other, let alone both. It would be awesome.”
No shocker Hollandsworth is back in the field. The same can’t be said for her team, which turned many heads by finishing second in the 2A West regional.
“I’m really excited about this team,’’ said Hollandworth, who will play her college golf at Virginia Tech. “Us making state, I know some people [feel] that we just got lucky at the right time [in the regional], but we are a solid team. We are ready.”
And, oh by the way, big sister was the linchpin on the Buffs’ 2006-07 team champs. Buffaloes coach Skip Bishop has enjoyed the luxury of having coached both sisters during his tenure.
“I resigned in 2007 and Travis Cantrell [current Buffs athletic director] asked me to finish out Amanda Hollandsworth’s golfing career and talked me into it,’’ Bishop said. “This is supposedly the last year I’ll have it. Dustin Hollandsworth is the cousin in the family. Dustin, who has done a real good job working with our young kids, is going to take it over next year.”
The only Hollandsworth in the fold then will be the coach.
“Boy, I’m telling you we were blessed to have those two wonderful young ladies,” Bishop said. “They’re both very humble and very talented and so easy to work with. I tell people that’s it not really work. It’s just going and having fun and watching them play.”
Meanwhile, the 1A title will also be decided in Front Royal. Parry McCluer and Galax will represent Timesland in the field.
While the Fighting Blues will be gunning for their first state crown since 1980, the Maroon Tide are looking for a fourth title in six years.
“I’m as happy as I can be to get there,” said Galax coach Terry Snow, whose club was forecast to be facing a rebuilding season with three freshmen in the lineup.
“You usually don’t see something like that,” Snow said. “We’ve won some state titles around here.”
Snow then laughed and added: “People joke that a young team might not know what they’re getting into. Well, this bunch just may be stupid enough to do that. I hope they are!”
Parry McCluer advanced by finishing second to William Campbell in the 1A East regional. Nelson Fox’s troops are led by Christian Camden and Cody Buchanan, who finished fifth and sixth in the regional.
Down I-81, the 3A and 4A crowns will be on the line at Harrisonburg’s Heritage Oaks Golf Course. Red-hot Hidden Valley will be vying for its first state crown in the 3A event. Jefferson Forest figures to be a strong contender for the 4A title.
The Titans have been on a roll since opening the season with consecutive major titles at the Heritage Invitational and Bob McLelland Metro Invitational. Fifth-year coach Brian Harris’ club then proceeded to add a conference crown and the 3A West title last week.
“We won the clean sweep kind of thing,” Harris said. “We feel confident. The euphoria from the region title is still going on. I think overachievers was an appropriate word for us. I think it’s a reflection of our hard work and the focus that we bring to the match.
“I think one of the strengths of our team is any one of our starting six have shown they can step up when we needed them to. It’s two days of golf, which I think plays to our strength as a consistent team.”
Harris then laughed and added: “Right now, I couldn’t play in our lineup, no. I might be playing a strong No. 9 right now!”
Second-year coach Garnet Manley’s Jefferson Forest squad hasn’t played much in the woods all fall, punching its state ticket by capturing the 4A North title. The Cavaliers were the Group AA state runner-up in 2001.
“There were eight teams in the tournament then,’’ Manley said. “This is like a final four now and a lot different. Winning that regional is probably be the biggest title we’ve ever won at Jefferson Forest.
“Our goal has been making the state. Now we’ve gotten to that point let’s go see what we can do. The two days helps us. I think the longer the tournament the more likely you are to get the best team winning.”
There will be no Timesland team entry in the 6A and 5A events at Meadowbrook Country Club. Franklin County’s Landon Prillaman and Patrick Henry’s Hill Donihe will be competing as individuals at the Richmond-based club.
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