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HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Gaffe is good for Foxes
The hopes King George’s Michael Hundley had for an individual title yesterday at the Conference 22 golf tournament faded early, and dimmed completely with a self-inflicted mistake.
But Hundley rallied to finish strong, and—with a great performance from his teammates—the Foxes captured the team title and earned a spot in the region tournament.
“It seems like when we need them, they come through,” said Hundley of the 77 teammate Devin Drake carded and the 82 from Foxes No. 4 Colton Southall. “And that’s what they did today.”
Liberty’s Parker Smith finished with birdies on two of the last three holes to win medalist honors, five shots ahead of Drake. Southall was third, Hundley fourth with an 83, and King George’s Andrew Berry sixth with an 86.
Fauquier was the team runner-up, trailing King George 328–362, but the team race—like the mistake that cost Hundley—was decided by an error.
A Liberty golfer signed and turned in a scorecard with an error not caught until later. He was disqualified, and instead of the 81 he shot, the Eagles counted a 125 from another golfer.
With the 81, Liberty would have tied King George for the team title and the Eagles and Foxes would have played it off. Without the 81, King George celebrated the first Conference 22 golf championship and Fauquier advanced in Liberty’s place.
“That’s something we go over and something you stress,” King George coach James Howard said. “But sometimes in the heat of battle you get excited and might forget that.
“It’s a gentleman’s game and we use the honor system, and you’re teaching kids to be responsible for the game and their score. And when there’s a mistake, you call yourself on it.”
Smith made the turn at 1-over par and made double bogey on No. 10. Hundley was at 5-over par, and bogeyed No. 10 to land three shots behind.
He was within striking distance, until his tee shot on No. 11 flew into the woods.
Hundley found his ball and had a choice to take a drop, or to try to play the ball out of the woods.
He chose the latter, and regretted it afterwards.
It took Hundley three swings to get the ball back to the fairway, and while Smith made birdie on the hole, Hundley chided himself for carding a crippling 7.
“I should have just taken the stroke and punched out and played for bogey,” he said. “I don’t know what I was thinking.
“I put a lot of thought into today before it started, and I think that ended up turning against me. I really wanted it today, and just didn’t play like I wanted to play.”
His teammates picked him up.
Drake played the back nine at 1-over par, with several chances for birdie. Southall’s 82 was also huge.
“They really stepped up, and as a team with 328, that’s about the best we’ve shot out here,” Howard said. “That’s good for us. As a team we did well. Those guys picked us up.”
Smith played a solid round, and had some good fortune.
After missing badly on his drive on No. 3, he played his ball up the No. 4 fairway—on the opposite side of a line of trees—and scrambled for a great bogey.
On the par-3 5th, his tee shot was headed for the trees, but it bounced hard and onto the fringe and he saved par.
Smith finished with birdies on the par-5 16th and the par-4 18th to solidify his win.
“He was outstanding,” Hundley said. “My hat’s off to him. He played a great round.”
TOP SIX INDIVIDUALS: 1. Parker Smith (Li) 73; 2. Devin Drake (KG) 77; 3. Colton Southall (KG) 82; 4. Michael Hundley (KG) 83; 5. Bailey Russell (Li) 85; 6. Andrew Berry (KG) 86.
ALSO ADVANCING TO REGIONAL PLAY: Coleby Roman (EV) 87; Colin Simmons (Li) 89; Hunter Davis (Ct) 89; Blane Matthews (Ct) 93 (won on second hole of a playoff against teammate David Marby).
1. King George (328): Drake 77, Southall 82, Hundley 83, Berry 86
2. Fauquier (362): John Hillis 88, Jon Harris 89, Will Griffin 91, Jeff Harris 94
3. Courtland (370): Davis 89, Mathews 93, Marby 93, Brandon Herbert 95.
4. Liberty (372): Smith 73, Russell 85, Simmons 89, Jack Johnson 125.
5. Eastern View (389): Roman 97, Parker Utley 98, James Jorgensen 102, Cameron Oxendine 102.
6. Chancellor (512): Jeremy Loughan 94, Bryce Kashawlic 128, Matthew Davis 131, Adam Sheldrick 159.
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