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William Byrd benefited from a two-stroke penalty that cost Rockbridge County the team title in regulation.
Monday, September 30, 2013
TROUTVILLE - Rockbridge County's Mason Grist couldn't have picked a worse time to practice his putting stroke. Meanwhile, William Byrd's Dylan Carr couldn't have found a more opportune time to bag his second eagle of the season.
Given a reprieve when Grist was administered a two-stroke penalty for practicing his putting on the sixth hole, William Byrd rode Carr's eagle-3 on the first playoff hole to capture the inaugural Conference 31 team crown over Rockbridge County on Monday at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club.
Led by senior Peter Shaner's career-best competitive round of 2-under-par 69, the Wildcats initially appeared to be the team victor. However, Grist's mistake - he dropped his ball and re-attempted a 3-footer he had missed at No. 6 - forced officials to bump his 84 to an 86, which forged a tie for the team title at 29-over 313.
On the first hole of the playoff, Carr reached the par-5 in two and drained the deciding 10-foot eagle putt. The other seven players made par.
So Byrd took home the team trophy, while Rockbridge County had to settle for second. Both squads advance to Monday's 3A West Regional on the same course.
"It was kind of crazy at the end," said Byrd coach Kevin Tuck, whose team was led by freshman Derrick Chocklett's 73. "I hate it for Mason, who is one of the nicest kids I've ever met coaching golf.
"In the playoff, Dylan's eagle was awesome. He didn't shoot anywhere near the score he wanted , but he made the score that counted in the end. An eagle is big time in that situation."
Said Carr: "It was probably the only putt I made all day. It came at the perfect time."
Wildcats coach David "Weenie" Miller took the blame for Grist's error.
"Mason said he didn't know the rule,'' Miller said. "So it's more my fault than his. Blame it on coaching.
"Otherwise, it was a great day for Peter and we're going to the regional. It's the best we've shot all year."
Shaner had seven birdies, five coming in a sizzling front-nine 4-under 31. He won the individual title by four shots over Lord Botetourt's Lyndsey Hunnell, and Chocklett.
"I'm pretty excited about it,'' Shaner said. "I'm happy that we'll be playing here again. It's really short and there's a lot of wedges. I was knocking my wedges tight today."
Hunnell and teammate Hal Bailey (76) each advance to the regional as individuals. Northside's Carson Wimmer claimed the final individual berth.
Conference 31 golf tournament
At Botetourt Golf & Swim Club (Par 71)
Medalist - Peter Shaner, Rockbridge County, 69.
x/z-William Byrd (313) - Derrick Chocklett 73, Tyler Hurley 78, Dylan Carr 81, Ben Belcher 81, Ty Houser 83, Austin Chocklett 91.
x/zz-Rockbridge County (313) - Shaner 69, Gus Spencer 78, Ely Spencer 81, Tristen Huffman 85, Mason Grist 86, Cole Huffman 88.
Lord Botetourt (325) - y-Lyndsey Hunnell 73, y-Hal Bailey 76, Jacob Barnard 83, Luke Matthias 93, Jack Quarles 98, Mitch Reavis 98.
Magna Vista (343) - Taylor Wall 82, Corey Light 86, Cullen Moran 87, Drew Thacker 88, Brandon Taylor 90, Andrew Wheeler 110.
Northside (364) - y-Carson Wimmer 77, Blake Chitwood 89, Marshall Welch 96, Chase Arnold 110, Nick Bowen 123, Evan Copolo 127.
Alleghany County (373) - Tyler Sizemore 89, Michael Kessinger 91, Travis Allard 93, Seth Brown 100, Ray Wilmer 101, Kent Rooklin 111.
Staunton River (389) - Andrew Phillips 83, Lukas Davis 84, Andrew Robertson 107, Benjamin Martin 115, Steven Sperberg 117, Micah Tuck 135.
x - qualified for 4A West regional as team
y - qualified for 4A West regional as individual
z - won on first hole of playoff
zz - lost on first hole of playoff
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