Park View High School golf coach Al Dickson said the winner of Tuesday's dual match between the host Patriots and Loudoun Valley would find itself "in the second driver's seat for the [AAA Northwestern] district tournament" next month. The only problem was, neither team won--or lost.
The nine-hole match at Algonkian Golf Course finished in a tie, with each team scoring a 140: Park View behind strong performances by seniors Patrick Winslow and Bryan Meade, and Loudoun Valley thanks to Michael Masters. Winslow shot a 1-over-par 37, with Meade and Masters both a stroke back.
Six golfers took the course for each team, with the top four scores counting. Park View, as it has all season, rode the performances of Winslow and Meade; the Vikings benefited from their team's all-around performance, as juniors Derek Martin and Dustin Barkley each shot a 40.
So far this golf season, which began before school started last month, Loudoun County has established itself as the team to beat in the district. Park View and Loudoun Valley, meanwhile, have gone back and forth for second place. In the first of two district mini-tournaments Aug. 6 at Shenandoah golf course, Loudoun Valley earned second place, with Park View in third. Six days later at the second mini-tournament at Loudoun Country Club in Purcellville, Park View finished in second, ahead of third-place Loudoun Valley.
Tuesday's match failed to act as a tiebreaker.
Dickson considers Winslow and Meade two of the best five golfers in the district. After the match, Meade admitted he sometimes feels pressure to get a lower score in order to help his team.
"If Patty and I can bring in a 1-over, or even par, or even a 1-under, then if someone else shoots a 44, one score might make up for that," said Meade, who didn't know at the time that teammate Wyatt Toregas had shot a 44, which ended up being the highest of the Patriots' four scores that counted.
"I kind of take it personally when I lose, because I'm just trying to make it to regionals as a team," Meade added. "That's been my goal all season."
The regular season district winner will qualify for the regionals automatically, and whoever among the rest of the teams that places first in the district tournament will earn the district's second regional seed.
"You never know what's going to happen with Loudoun County," Vikings coach Gary McKay said, pointing out the Raiders have tied Park View once this season. "In our district, you never know what's going to happen. There's always hope for us outsiders."
Loudoun Valley (140): Michael Masters 38, Derek Martin 40, Dustin Barkley 40, Matt Bintzler 42, Jon Landis 44, Jason Shippee 46.
Park View (140): Patrick Winslow 37, Bryan Meade 38, Chris Marshall 41, Wyatt Toregas 44, David Kenedy 44, Justin Morrison 46.