Colbert wins Girls Zone 8 Qualifier

Published 10:12 am Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity golf team has been done for the 2018 season for a little while, but sophomore Jordan Colbert, one of its members, had a little bit further to go.

On Oct. 17 at Green’s Folly Golf Course in South Boston, Colbert won the 2018 Girls Zone 8 Qualifier to advance to this week’s Girls State Championship.

Colbert was playing in a field of six girls at the qualifier and won with an 18-hole score of 82. Only the winner advanced.

“That’s the first time that’s happened, so we were pretty excited about that,” Statesmen Head Coach Kelly Powell said about Colbert’s qualifying for the state event.

He noted that he had a female golfer play in the state event in years past, but it was before a qualifier was held, so the previous girl was able to simply advance on to states automatically.

As for what helped Colbert climb past this new step, Powell said, “She (hits) really long off the tee, and she was chipping and putting well in the zone qualifier.”

The Girls State Championship was held in Springfield on Monday and Tuesday on a challenging course located at Springfield Golf and Country Club.

Colbert shot a 98 on Tuesday and a 99 on Monday.

Joining Powell to watch her play was Randolph-Henry Director of Athletics and Assistant Principal Christopher Holt.

“She did very well,” Holt said. “It was a really tough, really long golf course, and she did good. We enjoyed watching her play.”

Though still only an underclassman, Colbert distinguished herself at times this past season as one of the best golfers on the team.

Reflecting on what has made this possible, Powell said, “I just think she has seen during the year that her skills have improved, and she’s got a great passion for the game right now. She really wants to work hard trying to get better.”

Powell put no cap on what she can achieve on the links.

“She can be as good as she wants to be, and I really think she’ll work hard in the offseason, and I’m looking for big things out of her next year,” he said.

Colbert was part of a successful 2018 campaign that included Randolph-Henry’s 19th consecutive regular season James River District championship win.

“We had great leadership from our two seniors, but the young players really came around and did a great a job basically all year,” Powell said.

He noted that a sports banquet would be held Nov. 15 at which time he and his staff will hand out team awards to the golf team.