Golfer Brouse Is on His Game

With an impressive showing last week at the Bobby Bowers Memorial Junior Golf tournament behind him, Heritage junior Greg Brouse's game is in fine form as he heads toward the most important stretch of his summer season.

Brouse reached the semifinals a week ago in the Bobby Bowers, posting a 4-over-par 75 during stroke play at Springfield Golf and Country Club and then upending three higher-seeded players. He lost to Williamsburg's Allain Blanchard, the eventual champion, in the semifinals.

"I was hitting the ball probably the best I have all summer down at the Bobby Bowers," Brouse said. "Overall, I played really well."

Brouse was scheduled to play in the Shenandoah Valley Junior Open yesterday in Front Royal and is entered in the Bill Ray Junior Invitational in Purcellville today. And next weekend, he heads to Virginia Beach for the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Amateur.

A new driver has aided Brouse's solid play of late; he said he has been hitting his tee shots an average of nearly 285 and has improved his accuracy in recent weeks.

"I'm hitting it 15 yards longer, hitting it straight and keeping it in play," Brouse said. "If I can put my long game and short game together, I can do some damage."

Trio Lifts Spartans Girls to Title

The top three players on the Broad Run girls' basketball team -- seniors Kim Vargas and Liz Frank and junior Whitney Vlasic -- led the way last week as the Spartans won the Division II title at the Westfield summer league. The trio combined for more than 40 points as Broad Run defeated Flint Hill.

However, the summer league experience may behoove the Spartans most because they had to do without Frank and Vargas more often than not. Vargas missed the majority of the team's schedule while competing with her AAU team, and Frank was playing for the Broad Run soccer team through mid-June and was unavailable for the start of summer league.

But the Spartans were not lacking. Junior Whitney Vlasic averaged more than 25 points per game during the 10-game regular season and three-game postseason, twice scoring 38 points. Another junior, Courtney Jackson, proved to be Broad Run's best defender and rebounder, and 5-foot-11 freshman Chelsea McNamee made a good impression on summer league coach Bob Vlasic.

"They gained a lot of experience playing without Kim and Liz for most of the season," he said. "They learned how to be leaders without those two girls."

-- DREW VANESSELSTYN