Loudoun County's Kenny Roseberry went to the state high school golf tournament at Ford's Colony in Williamsburg wanting to have fun. He got much more than that.
After putting together solid rounds of 77 and 76 for a two-day total of 9-over 153, the Raiders senior parred the first playoff hole Tuesday--while Western Albemarle's Matt Bascom double-bogeyed--to win the 1999 Virginia AA individual championship.
"I just wanted to go out and have some fun," Roseberry said. "I didn't think I had much of shot down here and after the first day, I thought I'd have to shoot even par  or better to win today."
Roseberry can credit his control over the lightning-fast greens for his victory. He made three-putts on the first two holes Monday, then didn't have another over the final 34 holes. He also sank a pair of six-foot par putts on Nos. 16 and 17 on Tuesday with the pressure building.
"[Roseberry] played super," Loudoun County Coach John Laycock said. "He had two very solid rounds of golf."
Roseberry could have avoided a playoff by sinking an eight-foot birdie putt on 18, but he admitted he was a tad nervous.
"I was shaking over that putt," said Roseberry, who then had to wait for an hour to find out Bascom had shot a tournament-low 72 for a tie.
On the 369-yard playoff hole, Roseberry hit a 300-yard drive, and then a wedge to 15 feet, before two-putting for a par.
"He hit a bodacious drive," Laycock said of Roseberry's playoff effort.
Roseberry's teammate Billy Hurley won a three-way playoff for third place. Hurley, who was second overall after Monday's round, finished one stroke off the pace.
"[Monday] I told them both how proud I was of them," Laycock said. "And they both came through in this tournament."
Loudoun Valley's Michael Masters finished 23rd, with a 169.
Highland's Payne Fires 79
In Monday's Delaney Conference Elite tournament at the Medal of Honor course on the Quantico Marine Base, Highland School junior Dudley Payne was the only player to break 80 as his 79 was the best score of the 12 players participating.
"There were no easy putts," Highland Coach Tom Thomas said of the difficult pin placements.
In a tournament earlier this fall, Payne shot 74 with more forgiving pin placements.
"It was like Pinehurst," Thomas said, comparing the placement difficulty to the U.S. Open.