MHS golfers finish 4th in region
|Alexander “Zanny” Crittenden fires a shot from the fairway during Monday’s Region A Tournament at King Carter Golf Club in Irvington. (Photo by Lisa Hinton Valdrighi)|
Rappahannock and Lancaster of the Northern Neck District and King William of the Tidewater District all defeated the Chargers.
Rappahannock won the Region A title with an 18-hole score of 336, Lancaster finished second with a 346, King William was third with a 362, and Middlesex was fourth with a 371.
Rappahannock and Lancaster both advanced to the State Group A Tournament.
Four other teams from the Tri-Rivers and Eastern Shore districts also competed, and those four teams all finished with rounds above 400.
“We’re a much better squad than this,” said Middlesex coach Greg Harrow. “These gentlemen had the potential to finish at least second in the region, but just could not put it all together during the matches.
“I have seen all of them shoot low scores and, if they can do it once, they can do it again and again, but they simply lack the consistency they need to be regional and state competitors.”
Harley Moore finished with the low round for the Chargers with a score of 90. “Harley shot a 38 on the front nine and I’m not sure what happened on the back, that’s the consistency part I keep drilling into these guys,” said Harrow. “Harley is as good a golfer as the MHS team has ever had. He just needs to settle down and play his game and he will be fine.”
Moore also was in a four-man playoff at the conclusion of the regional tournament to earn a spot in the state tournament. Moore and three other golfers tied with scores of 90.
On the playoff hole, Moore hit a tremendous tee shot and his approach shot drew partially to right, which looked to clear a sand bunker. However, it had tucked underneath the bunker lip for a nearly impossible third shot and took him out of the playoff contention.
Alexander “Zanny” Crittenden brought in the next lowest score for MHS with a 92. “He’s a better golfer than that, and he was hard on himself today,” noted Harrow. “Zanny just has to put the past behind him and realize that he’s got the potential every round to shoot in the 30s on 9 holes, and then keep grinding.”
Senior Mason Goodrich held his own for the Chargers bringing in a 94. “Mason has played to his potential all year long,” said Harrow. “Only once or twice that I recall was he ever two or three strokes away from his average. He will be missed next season.”
Robbie Pitts brought in the fourth lowest round with a 95.
Drew Pitts and Eric Sosa also competed for the Chargers and tallied scores of 97 and 105, respectively.
The Chargers will lose four seniors to graduation: Goodrich, Timmy Coker, Matt Owens and Jimmy Yarrington. “I want to thank these guys for their dedication to the MHS golf team and wish them the best with their future endeavors,” added Harrow.
Next season the Chargers will return 5 of its 6 starters and have a host of freshmen and sophomore members who will be competing for spots in the starting lineup. “We gained a lot of experience this year and next season we should be more consistent and solid as a team,” noted Harrow. “We’ve got some young talent that will definitely be a force for us next year.”
Harrow and the Charger golf team extended a special thanks to the Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) for allowing the team to use the course and facilities this season. “These young men have one of the nicest facilities, practice areas, training aides and personal one-on-one help in the area at PRGC,” said Harrow. “PRGC course pro Justin Williams went well beyond his call of duty this year to see that the golf team was outfitted with top-of-the-line uniforms, custom golf shoes and new custom team bags, as well as lessons when he had the time.”