When Loudoun County High School golf is mentioned in conversation, Billy Hurley's name usually comes up before any other. But if Kenny Roseberry continues to play like he did in Tuesday's JV Arthur tournament, that might change.
Roseberry won the 12th annual tournament at Algonkian Golf Course in Sterling with a 1-over 73--one shot off his personal-best round. Hurley defeated Park View's Bryan "Beaver" Meade in the fourth playoff hole for second place as the Raiders finished with a combined score of 312 to win their third straight meet.
Hurley, who won last year's tournament with a 76, and Meade both shot a 75 through the first 18 holes.
"It makes it a lot easier to play when they're not putting all the pressure on me to shoot a low round every time," said Roseberry, who will be a senior this school year. "[Hurley] is just a little better than me, but I'm right behind him every time."
Loudoun County Coach John Laycock said he is far from making a change in the No. 1 position for the Raiders, however.
"Yeah, Kenny had a better round today," Laycock said. "But you see them over there together talking about their rounds, and they're the best of friends. We don't have any big heads yet."
Loudoun County might have the best team in what may be the strongest district in the state in any classification. The Raiders are virtually assured of top scores from two of their golfers; their success throughout the rest of the season will depend on the other two scores.
Tuesday, Loudoun County got a 79 from Matt Thomas and an 85 from Alex Mayo to round out the top four. It's extremely rare to have three golfers from the same team score below 80.
"It's a good feeling, I can say that," Laycock said. "It's nice to be able to count on that."
In the past, the tournament traditionally has been the only meeting between all five Loudoun County high schools during the season. But this year, with Broad Run, Park View and Potomac Falls moving from Group AAA to AA, the Northwestern District is up for grabs, and Tuesday's tournament proved that.
Loudoun Valley, which finished second in the first mini-tournament of the season at Shenandoah Valley and third at the second mini at Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville, came in second Tuesday with a 316. Park View finished third with 317.
Broad Run and Potomac Falls tied for fourth with 334.
Meade had the lead at the turn, shooting a par 36 on the front nine of his home course. Meade works at Algonkian and practices there almost every day. He even took a pay cut of about $80 a week from his previous job at a clothing store to get free golf at Algonkian this summer.
But Meade was 3 over on the back nine, which left the door open for Roseberry, who shot a 1 under par on the back to finish 1 over for the day.
Note: A tree fell on the power line that fed into the Algonkian pro shop just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, cutting the air conditioning and leaving many players, parents and coaches to sit outside in the oppressive heat and humidity. The power was back on by 2:45.
CAPTION: Gary Jones lines up putt for Loudoun Valley, which finished second in five-team JV Arthur tournament Tuesday.
CAPTION: Potomac Falls's Amanda Diamond, one of two female high school golfers in Loudoun County, hits out from rough on No. 1 at Algonkian Golf Course.