RC Takes Control on the fifth hole to seize control of the

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Wildcat Golfers Defeat Spotswood, TA

The Rockbridge County High School golf team won both of its Valley District dual matches last week. Last Wednesday, the Wildcats avenged an early season loss to Turner Ashby by eight strokes at the Lexington Golf and Country Club. With the victory, the Wildcats took control of first place in the district. Two days earlier, the Wildcats won a home match over Spotswood by two strokes.

Playing the front nine holes at the club last Wednesday, the Wildcats finished with a score of 161 to the Knights’ 169. Junior Garrett Huffman and senior Cole Cathcart led the way, each posting a score of three-over-par, 38. Grant Pennybacker and Luke Mowery each fired a solid 40 for the Knights.

Praising Cathcart and Huffman, RC head coach David Miller said, “Both young men have been leaders for this team early in the season, and I expect that to continue.”

The match was tightly contested early, as the top scorers went back and forth. It looked like TA would jump ahead early when Cathcart put his first tee shot into the creek. However, he bounced back and made a putt of over 40 feet to card a par for the hole.

On the fourth hole, Pennybacker and Mowery made errant shots that cost them strokes. Huffman capitalized and made a tap-in birdie on the fifth hole to seize control of the match. Cathcart then further extended the Cats’ lead with a birdie on the par five sixth hole.

Rounding out RC’s top four were Will Mc-Clung and John Shomo, who posted scores of 41 and 44, respectively. Aaron Plogger followed with a score of 46 and Kendall Nye shot a 53 in her first time playing for the varsity squad.

Wildcats Edge Spotswood

In their first home match of the season on Monday of last week, the Wildcats recorded a team score of 165, while Spotswood tallied a 167. RC’s Huffman was the medalist, firing a 37 on the par-35 front nine. Cathcart tied Spotswood’s Carter Atkins for second place of 12 golfers with a 40, and Spotswood’s Patrick O’Brien finished third with a 41. RC’s third scorer was McClung, who shot a 43. Miller said Huffman and Cathcart showed good leadership and McClung “had some great holes, and I see him going really low in our next few matches.”

Stepping up to record RC’s fourth score was Shomo, carding a 45 after making a birdie and then par on the final two holes, No. 8 and

9. Miller said he was “super proud” of Shomo, who had struggled finishing his matches the week before, but had no trouble finishing strong last Monday. “That’s a pretty good day.”

Also competing for the Wildcats were Plogger and Noah Sullivan, with each shooting a

50. Miller said he hopes for more consistency from his fifth and sixth golfers, but he added, “Early in the year, all you do is play matches. You don’t get a chance to work on anything.” He looks forward to more practice time after this week’s matches.

Pleased his team stepped up to the competition, Miller said, “I thought Spotswood, going into the year, was going to be our biggest competition, so that’s a good win for us, whether it’s home or away.”

The Wildcats were scheduled to play a district match at Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg, the home course for Spotswood, on Monday. Today the Wildcats will play a nine-hole match against district rival Harrisonburg at Heritage Oaks Golf Course, starting at 4 p.m. They’ll then have a week of practice before their match against Waynesboro next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at The Club at Ironwood in Staunton.

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