Hungry high school golfers finished their rounds of golf at Wednesday's Cedar Run tournament and made a dash to the Forest Greens clubhouse to feast on hot dogs, hamburgers and baked beans.
After they had finished eating, five Osbourn Park golfers and Coach Mike Foley headed back out to the 18th green for what turned out to be dessert. The Yellow Jackets watched as No. 6 golfer Tim Sedlak wrapped up his round of 80, giving Osbourn Park a 318-325 victory over Osbourn and its fourth straight Cedar Run District title.
"This is the icing on the cake, because the kids want the trophy and they want the banner," said Foley, whose team lost the district regular season title to Osbourn. "I think we are very pleased with the outcome of the [district] tournament, but with all things being equal I think we fully expected this to happen."
Osbourn Park senior Daniel Kefale won his third straight district individual title with a 2-over par 74, and senior teammate Mike Braun shot a 77 to finish fifth; Braun's score tied that of Osbourn senior Nathan Manis, but Manis took fourth by winning a playoff that went eight holes.
"I know that Danny was disappointed with scoring a 2-over par, and I know that Mike Braun was a little loose on a couple things he normally does well," Foley said. "I think everyone on the team knows they have to play a little better than they did to win the region."
Osbourn Park will try for its third straight Northwestern Region title Wednesday at Lee's Hill golf course in Fredericksburg. Foley said he does not know what to expect because there is not a "super stud team."
Osbourn, led by Manis and Andrew Desing (81), already had qualified for region play by virtue of its regular season title.
Manis, the Eagles' top golfer, said he had expected more from himself Wednesday after shooting a 71 earlier this season on the same course. Manis stumbled on the fifth hole with a quadruple bogey, but recovered with seven birdies to lead the Eagles.
"Whenever it gets to tournament time you know the kids start holding the club a little tighter and getting a little more nervous and when that happens the scores go up," Osbourn Coach Barry Sudduth said. "But we're hoping we can learn something from this tournament and go into the region a little more relaxed."
Stonewall Jackson junior Greg Carter and Battlefield junior Stephen Spaulding each shot a 75, but Carter took individual runner-up honors in a one-hole playoff. Carter and Spaulding qualified to compete as individuals at the region tournament.
Battlefield (338) finished third in its first year of competition, and Potomac (375) and Stonewall Jackson (376) rounded out Wednesday's team scores.