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Hidden Valley trails by 10 shots, while Jefferson Forest is two back going into today's final round.
Jason Lenhart | (Harrisonburg) Daily News-Record
William Byrd’s Dylan Carr watches his short chip during Monday’s state golf tournament at the Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg. Carr shot a first-round 82.
Monday, October 14, 2013
HARRISONBURG - Hidden Valley and Jefferson Forest's golf teams each discovered the same thing on Columbus Day: Both have work to do today in order to pull off a VHSL state title.
Hidden Valley got a strong number on Monday from one player - sophomore Kristin Hearp, whose 1-over 71 was the day's second-best round - and finds itself mired 10 shots back of co-leaders William Monroe and Tunstall going into today's final round of the 3A championship at Heritage Oaks Golf Course.
On the 4A side of the doubleheader, Jefferson Forest couldn't find a fourth score to go with its rock-solid top three players and will enter the final 18 two shots behind Jamestown.
"Ten strokes across six players ... I don't know," Titans coach Brian Harris said. "That will be a challenge, especially because I know that both Tunstall and William Monroe are good teams and played well [Monday].
"I know we were focused. It's just golf. We've got to come out and play a good round [today]."
When asked if he was disappointed, Harris said: "Not yet. We'll see what happens."
Hearp, who has been slumping the past few weeks, found magic in a change of putters and finds herself only two shots behind York County's Connor Risnoski. Hearp's 71 topped both sides of the scoreboard until Risnoski, competing as an individual, posted 69.
"I just hope the team can pull it out," said Hearp, who played in the first group off the dual tees. "I think today was rough for everyone, but we'll come back [today]."
Hearp certainly took care of her end. The girl who turned heads everywhere with a sizzling 9-under 62 at Ole Monterey in winning the August Metro Invitational title, was 3 under through eight holes before a triple bogey on No. 9 dropped her back to even.
"One mistake cost me three shots," she said. "I got in the trees twice and then three-putted."
After making double bogey on No. 15, she birdied 16 to get to the house with a score that stood atop the leaderboard until late-starter Risnoski posted his 69.
"It was nice to do it because I didn't need to shoot 80," she said. "I switched putters, I went back to the one I shot the 62. My dad [Todd] suggested I switch back, so I'll give him the credit for that one.
"So I'm excited about the last round. Hopefully, I won't have a triple and a double."
Hearp didn't get much help from the rest of the Titans' cast. Jack Henry (86), John Craghead (91) and Sean O'Connell all soared, while freshman Sam Comer, coming off a career-low 72 in last week's regional, struggled to an 80.
The Cavaliers, who shot 299 on the same course last week in taking the regional crown, received good numbers from its top three players - senior Zeke Shen (73), junior Brian Touna (76) and senior Matt Stanley (74) - but the lowest score it could get from the back end was an 81 from No. 5 player Bradley Huddleston.
"We didn't play well and we're only two back," second-year Cavaliers coach Garnet Manley said. "Two shots is one ball out of bounds somewhere.
"If you had told me the first day of the year that we were going to be two back going into the second day of the state championship, I would have taken it."
Shen, whose stroke average this season is 72.9, is only one shot back of leader Erik Dulik of Dominion in the 4A individual chase.
"I gave my team a good chance and I gave myself a good chance, and I can't complain about that," he said. "I'm available. Winning this would be great for my resume for the college coaches."
Among Timesland individuals, the biggest story was the woes of Cave Spring's Drew Lagan. The senior was 2 under through three holes before a triple bogey on No. 7. He was still 1 over through 10 holes before his round crashed with three straight bogeys and a triple to ignite a back-nine 44.
"There's no making up a 79," he said. "[Today] will be the last day I tee it up in high school. I'm either going to shoot 85 or 65 because I'm going at every pin.
Other Timesland individuals included Rockbridge County's Peter Shaner (76), Cave Spring's T.K. Garrett (76); and William Byrd's Dylan Carr (82).
At Heritage Oaks Golf Course, Harrisonburg (Par 71)
6,276 yards (boys) and 5,359 yards (girls)
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