R-H third in region

Published 12:29 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity golf team came into Monday’s Region 2A tournament in Williamsburg playing its best golf of the season, but the Statesmen were not able to maintain that trend, placing nine strokes back from second place, the last state-qualifying regional placement.

In the 18-hole event which took place at Kiskiack Golf Club, King William High School won with a team score of 326. Poquoson High School placed second with a 337, and Randolph-Henry was third with a 346.

“I think overall we were young,” Statesmen Head Coach Kelly Powell said Tuesday. “I knew that at the beginning, and … I thought we were peaking at the right time, and we did for the district tournament. We really played well (at the district tourney), but we just didn’t play well yesterday.”

There were eight teams competing, with Bruton High School placing fourth, Nottoway High School placing fifth, Amelia County High School placing sixth, Prince Edward County High School placing seventh and Bluestone High School placing eighth.

“It was a longer course, and it was just a different course,” Powell said. “It had a lot of sand traps, just a lot of things different that we haven’t been exposed to as much and just didn’t play well. But overall, I’m well-pleased with the team because we were young.”

Randolph-Henry juniors Brenden Francisco and Jordan Colbert received all-region recognition as a result of placing in the top six of 49 golfers.

Francisco and Colbert also qualified to compete in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 2 State Tournament as individuals.

Two teams and the top three individuals not on those two teams were able to qualify for states, and Francisco and Colbert scored well enough to make it into that top three.

Francisco shot an eight-over-par 80, while Colbert shot a nine-over 81.

The state tournament will be held Monday, Oct. 14, at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech in Radford. The first tee-off times will be at 8 a.m.