JONESVILLE — Richlands junior Caleigh Street won Region 2D golf medalist honors, but she won’t be going to the VHSL Class 2 championships.
On a day in which temperatures hovered around the 90-degree mark, Street blistered the course at Cedar Hill Country Club with a 2-under-par 69.
Instead of participating in the Class 2 tournament on Oct. 14 at the River Course of Virginia Tech in Radford, however, Street will compete in the VHSL Girls Open state championships on Oct. 28 at Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Harrisonburg.
STRONG START TO FINISH
Street was strong throughout the course, taking advantage of greens that haven’t seen much rainfall in the past few weeks.
The hard greens made for fast play near the pins, which was just fine with Street.
“They were kind of dry, but overall they were pretty good,” Street said. “It sets up really well for my game.
“It was very hot today, but that didn’t affect me much,” she added. “I’ve played all summer and just about everywhere. So the heat didn’t really bother me.”
BEARCATS ARE BACK
After finishing as Region 2D runner-up to defending state champion Union last year, Virginia High regained the regional crown behind the solid play of top-seeded Gavin Austin, who shot a 1-over 72.
Virginia High, which had a team score of 309, also got a 75 from Jackson Looney and a 76 from Caleb Leonard. John Clifton and Tyler Stanley each shot 86.
“We had a real good day with three kids that came in with scores in the 70s,” said veteran Bearcats coach Carlos Lee.
Lee said his team is one step away from the ultimate goal for the season.
“Their goal was to win the state. That is their ultimate goal,” he said of his Bearcats. “I told them that we’ve got to go one step at a time.
“We had to win the district first and then the goal was to win the region and then move onto the state,” Lee noted.
Second-place Graham totaled a 319 to complete a Southwest District sweep of teams advancing to the state tournament.
Alex Ramey led the G-Men with a 77 and Brayden Surface shot a 78.
Gate City, led by Brevan Spivey’s 82, had a 346 total and Lee High recorded a 353.
HEADED TO STATE
Lee High junior Olivia Baker led the Generals with a 78, a score good enough to qualify for the VHSL Girls Open.
Three individuals joined the teams from Virginia High and Graham in the field for the VHSL Class 2 Golf Championships on Oct. 14.
Tazewell’s Trey Sparks was the top individual qualifier after shooting a 74.
Luke Needham from Union of the Mountain 7 District prevented a sweep of Southwest District regional qualifiers by shooting a 77.
Tazewell’s Bryce Sparks, who shot a 78, defeated Tyler Sayers of Marion in a one-hole playoff to determine the third and final qualifying spot from Region 2D.
REGION 2D GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cedar Hill Country Club, Jonesville
VIRGINIA HIGH (309) — Gavin Austin 72, Jackson Looney 75, Caleb Leonard 76, John Clifton 86, Tyler Stanley 86, John David Moses 87.
GRAHAM (319) — Alex Ramsey 77, Brayden Surface 78, Ben Morgan 81, Benjamin White 83, Alexander White 84, Joe Tyson 87.
GATE CITY (346) — Brevan Spivey 82, Evan Lane 85, Luke Wallen 86, Ethan Dishner 93, Katelynn Parton 93, Colin Keller 94.
LEE HIGH (353) — Olivia Baker 78, Caleb Leonard 84, Robbie Burchett 90, Sarah Vaughn 101, Mason Taylor 103, Luke Estes 117.
(Top 3 individuals not on the top two teams advancing to Class 2 tournament)
*Caleigh Street, Richlands — 69
Trey Sparks, Tazewell — 74
Luke Needham, Union — 77
^Bryce Sparks, Tazewell — 78
*-won medalist honors but won’t compete in VHSL Class 2 tournament, opting to participate in the VHSL Girls Open state tournament.
^-won position in playoff.