RC Golfers Fourth In Region

The Rockbridge County High School golf team completed another successful season by placing fourth of seven teams at the Region 3C tournament at The Club at Ironwood on Monday in Staunton.

The Wildcats, the two-time defending regional champions, shot a 323 to finish behind winner Western Albemarle (311), runner-up and host Wilson Memorial (314) and Rustburg

(320). Completing the standings were Turner Ashby (348), Fluvanna County (349) and Liberty Christian Academy (363).

Western Albemarle and Wilson Memorial were the two teams that advanced to next week’s Class 3 state tournament, and the top three individuals outside of those teams also advanced. The Wildcats were just two spots from advancing to states as a team for the third consecutive year. They placed fifth at the state tournament last year and finished second two years ago.

Rustburg’s Nick Rakes was the medalist, firing a 68 on the challenging 18-hole, par-71 course. Tying for second were WM’s Patrick Smith and FC’s Killian Donnelly, both shooting 70.

Leading the Wildcats, who had won their third consecutive Valley District tournament three weeks earlier in Lexington, was senior Cole Cathcart, placing ninth of 55 golfers with a 76. Junior teammate Garrett Huffman, the Valley District champion, shot a 77 to finish 12th. RC’s third scorer was senior Will Mc-Clung, coming in 14th with a 79, and freshman Paul Russell completed team scoring by carding a 91 for 32nd place. Also competing for the Wildcats were juniors Aaron Plogger (36th place, 93) and John Shomo (48th, 104).

Reviewing the season, RC head coach David Miller said he was “very proud of all 12 members of this year’s golf team.”

RC will miss its three seniors – Cathcart, McClung and Noah Sullivan. Miller said Cathcart and McClung have been great co-captains, “and the way they carry themselves on and off the course make us all proud to be Wildcats.”

The Wildcats’ three girls – sophomore Kendall Nye and freshmen Abby Brooks and Sofia Vargas – will prepare for the girls’ zone qualifier, which will take place at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

For photos from the Region 3C tournament, visit www.thenews-gazette.com.

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