Parry McCluer’s Wright Wins Playoff

Parry McCluer’s Wright Wins Playoff

PM SENIOR golfer Trevor Wright putts during the Pioneer District tournament last Wednesday at The Vista Links Golf Course. Wright won a playoff to earn the final qualifying spot for the Region 1C tournament. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

Parry McCluer High School senior golfer Trevor Wright won a one-hole playoff at the Pioneer District tournament last Wednesday at The Vista Links Golf Course in Buena Vista to earn the final qualifying spot for the Region 1C tournament.

Wright, the lone golfer for the Fighting Blues this season, shot a 5 for a bogey on No. 1 in the playoff against Covington’s Aidan Raether. Prior to the playoff, both golfers shot 121 on the challenging 18-hole, par-72 course, tying for 13th place of 21 individuals. It was a storybook ending for Wright, who was out on the course for about seven hours, with a brief break for lunch.

The top two teams and the top six individuals outside of those teams advanced to the Region 1C tournament, which will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at Virginia Tech’s Pete Dye River Course in Radford.

On a course that tests golfers with hilly terrain and sand traps, Wright struggled on the back nine, shooting a 63 there after firing a 58 on the front nine, but he regrouped for the playoff. “I was a little nervous, but I was really confident,” he said. “I knew all I had to do was do well on one hole. I knew I could at least keep it together for one.”

Pleased that Wright was able to come through in the clutch to advance, PM head coach Fred Fix said, “To be honest with you, the playoff was more pressure than the [18 holes]. He did well.”

Bath County won the tournament with a score of 410, and the other advancing team was Eastern Montgomery, shooting a 437. Completing the team standings were Covington

(446) and Narrows (470).

EM’s Haley Howard was the medalist, firing an 80, and Covington’s Allison Douglas placed second with an 89.

At the regional tournament, Wright said he hopes to shoot in the 90s on a course that he shot a 107 on at last year’s regional tournament, when he had three teammates also competing and was the Blues’ third scorer.

From the regional tournament, the top two teams and the top six individuals outside of those teams will advance to the Class 1 state tournament.

Fix said that advancing to the state tournament will be tough for Wright, but he’s going to give it his best shot.

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