Pioneers' Williams, Cope and Spartans' Lunsford, Richards bound for state

Pat Kenney • Sep 25, 2017 at 8:51 PM

ABINGDON — Monday’s Region 1D golf tournament at Glenrochie Country Club was for all the marbles. Both team and individual berths in the upcoming Group 1A tournament were on the line.

Under the VHSL’s new format, players and teams used cumulative scores from two nine-hole matches and Monday’s 18 holes at Glenrochie to determine who earned a trip to Harrisonburg for next month’s state tournament.

Holston went into the final leg of qualifying with a commanding 48-stroke lead and never looked back. The Cavaliers finished first with a 698 total.

Chilhowie and Patrick Henry tied for second at 774.

Individually, Thomas Walker senior Taylor Williams didn’t have his best round, but with a seven-shot lead after the two nine-hole qualifiers, he did just enough to make it back to state. His 81 on Monday combined with his previous scores gave him a 147 total.

“I came over here not caring whether I won the individual title or not,” Williams said. “All I wanted was to qualify for state.”

After getting his wish, he’ll try to improve on his fifth-place finish last year at state.

“Now it starts all over again,” Williams noted. “I’m going up there trying to win.”

Eastside’s Hunter Lunsford finished second overall at 150 (38-37-75).

Thomas Walker’s Tanner Cope posted Monday’s low round, a 72. He came in third overall at 156.

“I played pretty good today,” Cope said. “I did hit one out of bounds but then made a couple of putts I shouldn’t have and holed out from about 100 yards on another shot. I just came out here and tried to have fun today.”

Cope also will be making a return trip to the state tournament.

“Hopefully going to state as an individual will work out for us,” he said. “We’ll just have to focus on what we are doing and not be worried about the team.”

Lunsford and teammate Drew Richards (165) also qualified as individuals for the state tournament, which will be held at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg on Oct. 9-10.

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