(Aug. 15, 2013) – Led by junior Joe Corlett’s low medalist round of 70 the Briar Woods High School golf team captured the first even Loudoun County High School Championships Wednesday by shooting 304 on the 1757 golf course.
The Falcons edged Tuscarora by four strokes. The Huskies, looking for their third tournament title in the first week of the season, had two medalist in Thomas Truluck (4th, 72) and Parker Morton (6th, 73).
“This is a tough course and the wind wreaked havoc on a lot kids today,” said Briar Woods coach Mike Benson.
Loudoun County finished third with a 315, led by Zach Bolyard, who shot 73 for a fifth place medal showing.
Dominion was fourth a 317 with Erik Dulik, the winner at the season-opening Licklider tournament, shooting a runner-up 71. Heritage, with Ryan O’Sullivan shooting 71 (3rd place), was fifth with a 333.
The event, sponsored by Cheers Sports, featured all 13 Loudoun public high schools and was played for bragging rights as well as giving teams a glimpse of competition they will face in postseason conference play. All six 5A Conference 14 teams were at the tournament including Briar Woods and Tuscarora.
Among 4A Conference 21 teams at the tournament, Loudoun County and Heritage had the highest finishes. Conference 21 features five schools from Loudoun plus Sherando, Millbrook and James Wood from the Winchester area. Loudoun Valley and Champe are in the 3A Conference 28.
Windy conditions Wednesday inflated some scores but Corlett had his putting game working and was boosted with a 7-iron on the 13th to within six inches of the hole.
“He played really smart today. I think he only used his driver three times,” said Benson.
Briar Woods got a 76 from Ryan Frick, 78 from Brandon Yoon and an 80 from Eshaan Handa to reach 304.
Benson — who says his top six can all score in the 70s — credits his team with working on their game in the offseason.
“They are hitting it longer, hitting more greens, making more putts,” said Benson.