Lord Botetourt used a balanced lineup to win the Region III golf tournament at the Waynesboro Country Club Monday. The Cavaliers shot a team score of 306 at the Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro.
“As a team we played well,” said Botetourt coach Todd Smith. “Our strength all year has been our depth and that’s what came through for us.”
Justin Nichols shot a two-over-par 74 to lead the Cavaliers. Ben Matthias was next with a 75, followed by Andrew Long at 78 and Kris Hoffman at 79. Playing, but not scoring, were Lyndsey Hunnell, who was one of the top players in the Blue Ridge District during the regular season, and Austin Broyles, who was the medalist in the BRD tournament. Hunnell shot an 83 and Broyles shot an 84.
Jefferson Forest finished second to the Cavaliers with a score of 311. Both LB and JF will advance to the state tournament in Blacksburg next Monday and Tuesday. Host Blacksburg High School will be the big favorite.
“Blacksburg will be playing on their home course and they have a really good team,” said Smith. “I know Jamestown and Western Albemarle have also been putting up some good scores. There won’t be a lot of pressure on us so we can just relax and maybe that will help us have a couple good rounds.”
Botetourt will go as the Blue Ridge District champ as well as the Region III champ. After winning the regular season the Cavs won the district tournament at Hanging Rock last Tuesday. Broyles was low for the day at 71 and also scoring for LB were Matthias at 75, Hunnell at 79, and Nichols at 80 for a team score of 305.