RC Golfers Keep Winning

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The Rockbridge County High School golf team won both of its matches last week, defeating Riverheads last Tuesday at the Lexington Golf and Country Club before winning a Valley District match against Broadway last Wednesday in New Market.

In their home match last Tuesday, the Wildcats rolled to a 155 to 197 victory over Riverheads. Parry McCluer also entered its one golfer, Trevor Wright, who finished with a 55.   

Playing on the front nine, RC’s Garrett Huffman won with  a one-over-par score of 36. He started with back-to-back double bogeys, but then bounced back with an eagle at the par-5 third hole. He followed it up with another birdie down the stretch and then made an incredible par save on hole number nine to close. “He fought his way back like a champion,” said RC head coach David Miller.

Will McClung followed Huffman with a score of 38. McClung’s score was even more impressive given that he was forced to play without a driver for most of the round after it accidentally snapped early in his round.

Aaron Plogger fired his season low of 39 for the Wildcats and contributed in a big way. “Aaron is really gaining confidence and playing well,” Miller said.

Cole Cathcart rounded out the Cats’ scoring with a 42. Cathcart struggled a bit, but he finished with three consecutive pars.

Paul Russell made his varsity debut for the Wildcats and shot an impressive 48. “He is going to be a great player for this program,” said Miller.

PM head coach Fred Fix said he was proud of the way Wright played but knows his score can be much lower by eliminating a few bad holes. Fix added that, while enjoys giving his player one-on-one attention, he would love to find more golfers at PM and create a competitive team eventually.

The Wildcats continued their winning ways last Wednesday at Shenvalee Golf Resort in New Market, putting on a dominant performance and beating Broadway by a score of 151 to 195.

Playing the Olde Course, McClung led the way for RC, winning with a spectacular score of 35, one-under-par. “He did everything well today and managed his game well on his few difficult holes,” Miller said.

Huffman and Cathcart followed with a pair of 38s. “As our leaders, they did what the usually do and that is lead,” said Miller. “Cole got up and down a few times from some crazy places and Garrett did what he does – hits it a mile and plays well.”

Plogger rounded out the Cats’ scoring with a solid

40. “After a slow start, he hit some bombs off the tee and got himself right back in there,” said Miller.

Following a few difficult outings, John Shomo’s score was back in the low 40’s and Russell put in a great score of 42 in his first away match.

Next up for the Wildcats will be the 18-hole Valley District tournament next Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Lexington Golf and Country Club. Miller said he and the team are excited for the tournament, where they will aim to three-peat as champions, and they look forward to having home course advantage.

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