RC Golfers Start Strong

Wildcats Place Second In First District Match

The Rockbridge County High School golf team got off to a strong start in its first week of action, competing well in two large invitational tournaments and placing second of six teams in its first Valley District mini-tournament.

Starting the season with the Heritage Invitational at London Downs Golf Club in Forest, the Wildcats placed seventh of 24 teams with a score of 324. In a tournament that featured schools from all six high school divisions, Blacksburg won the tournament with a 301, while Jefferson Forest placed second with a 307.

Cole Cathcart led the Wildcats, shooting a 75 on the scenic 18-hole, par-72 course, which challenges golfers with hills, water and trees. Cathcart’s score was not far off Rust-burg’s Nick Rakes’s winning score of 70. “Cole was amazing – up and down for par all day long,” RC head coach David Miller said.

RC’s second scorer was Garrett Huffman, firing a 79. “Garrett hit some bombs and played well – just had one bad hole when he got stuck in a bunker and couldn’t get out,” Miller said.

Will McClung carded an 84 for RC’s third score, and John Shomo completed team scoring with an 86. Also competing for the Wildcats was Aaron Plogger, garnering an 87.

Last Wednesday, the Wildcats tied for third of 17 teams with a score of 331 at the Spotswood Invitational at Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg. Jefferson Forest won with a 299, Western Albemarle placed second with a 320, Spotswood tied RC, and Albemarle finished fifth with a

332.

Leading the Wildcats was Huffman, firing a 75 to place sixth on the difficult 18-hole, par-72 course. Three opposing players tied for first, shooting 72. Cathcart shot an 80 for RC’s second score, McClung posted an 83, and Plogger carded a 93 to complete team scoring. Other Wildcats competing were Shomo (98) and Noah Sullivan (99).

In their first Valley District mini-tournament of the season on Thursday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg, the Wildcats went 4-1 against the competition, tallying a 337, only trailing host Turner Ashby’s 333. TA went 5-0. Completing the standings were Spotswood (346), Waynesboro (361), Harrisonburg

(392) and Broadway (402).

Harrisonburg’s Jane Thompson was the medalist, shooting a 72 on the long and challenging 18-hole, par-70 course. Waynesboro’s Jacob Allen placed second with a 77, and Cathcart led the Wildcats, firing a 79 to tie TA’s Grant Pennybacker for third place. Shomo carded an 84 for RC’s second score. Miller said Cathcart and Shomo “both played great until the last few holes and could have had amazing rounds. Early in the year, so they will get there.”

Completing the Wildcats’ team scoring were Huffman (86) and Mc-Clung (88), who both had off days, Miller said.

Confident that his team will catch Turner Ashby for first place, Miller said, “Sometimes it’s good to have to work a little to win the league.”

“I think we’ll be pretty good in our league,” he added. “The region’s going to be a lot tougher for us. We don’t have the depth that we had last year.”

The Wildcats were scheduled to start this week with two nine-hole district home matches, on Monday against Spotswood and yesterday against TA. They’ll return to Lakeview Golf Club for a district mini-tournament next Monday at noon, with Spotswood playing host.

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