In an earlier version of this story, the two-day total for Langley freshman Edric Wung was incorrectly reported as 144. Wung shot a 147 to finish in second place.
Chantilly's Ji Soo Park wins second straight Virginia AAA Northern Region golf title
Thursday, October 7, 2010; 12:00 AM
Even after posting a two-day total of 1-over-par 145 to win last year's Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament, Chantilly senior Ji Soo Park's father found quirks in his son's swing to tweak.
Jong Chan Park, who learned golf as a businessman, taught his son to make his swing simpler and more compact. Not only would it help Ji Soo, they thought, but it was an improvement the senior needed anyway before he went off to play at Virginia next year.
"If he sees me with any wrong, he fixes it right away, then he fixes it right away even after a tournament, the next day," Ji Soo Park said.
Armed with that swing, Park made five birdies in the final round on Wednesday to finish with a two-day total of 2-over 144 and claim his second consecutive regional championship at the Twin Lakes golf course in Clifton.
"I defended the title," he said, speaking gratefully of his father's help. "That's all I wanted to do."
Park, who said he has never taken golf lessons and only relied on his father's teaching, shot a tournament-best 70 in the second round, besting his 74 from the previous windy and cold day. Though Wednesday wasn't much better temperature-wise, gusts didn't affect his play as much.
While making three straight bogeys and struggling with the fifth, sixth and seventh holes on Tuesday, Park improved on Wednesday with a bogey on one and par on the other two.
"I always kept thinking of what my dad told me to and tried to do the same thing he taught me," Park said.
Chantilly advances to the Virginia AAA championship, finishing first overall and winning its first region title since 2007. Langley, which finished second, seven strokes behind, also advances.
Langley freshman Edric Wung shot a 71 on his final 18 holes to improve to a two-day 147, good for second place. Madison's Tommy Curley shot a 151 to finish third to advance to the state tournament, along with teammate Alex Hubbard.
The next goal
When Loudoun County held tryouts this summer only seven players came out - the same tight-knit group of seniors who led the Raiders to the Virginia AA state tournament back-to-back years as sophomores and juniors. Now, after another banner season, those seven golfers are determined to bring home the only piece of hardware that has eluded them until now: a state championship.
Tuesday the Raiders battled through blustery conditions at the AA Region II tournament at South Riding Golf Club, carding some of their worst scores of the season but doing just enough to secure their ticket to a third consecutive state tournament. Sam Early led the way with a 77 that tied him for second place overall and Andrew Brenneman (79), Brantley Kushner (82), Michael Linville (84), Kevin Cook (85) and Matt Tomassone rounded out the scoring as Loudoun County's 322 total score earned it a second-place finish behind Western Albemarle (314).
Loudoun County's seniors travel to Blacksburg Country Club - a course they've never seen - for the Monday-Tuesday event looking to improve upon their sixth- and seventh-place finishes from the past two years.
Briar Woods junior Adam Ochs will also make the trip as an individual qualifier after a round of 78.