Sophomore Jerry Roma and freshman Joe Buttgereit are two of the more competitive players on the Forest Park golf team. The two frequently compete with each other outside of team events, with putting competitions or other contests to test their skills.
At the Cardinal District championship Monday at Forest Greens Golf Club in Triangle, the rest of the district paid for that competitiveness as Roma -- who took individual honors with a 3-under par 69 -- and runner-up Buttgereit (74) led Forest Park to the team title for the third straight season.
Senior Brady Williams shot a 79, good for third overall, and Aaron Newport added an 82 for the undefeated Bruins, who posted a 304 to easily outdistance second-place Potomac (349). Both teams have qualified for the Northwestern Region championship Monday at Forest Greens.
Roma attributed his success to having spent some extra time on the course the day before.
"My dad was out here with me [Sunday] giving me tips, and it helped a lot," Roma said. "My goal is always to shoot in the 70s, so a 69 is a bonus."
Buttgereit, the Bruins' No. 1 golfer who entered the tournament as a favorite to win, was not disappointed with his second-place finish.
"My goal was to come in first, but finishing second to a teammate is okay," Buttgereit said. "I'm not a sore loser. I just like to go out and shoot a good round."
Both players had every right to pleased by their rounds, especially given the weather, which produced high winds and light rain throughout the day. Forest Park Coach Babette Overman cautioned her players to consider the elements when approaching their shots.
"I just told them to play conservative," Overman said. "If you can't control the driver, put it away. Check the grass and look at the flags."
Overman was especially pleased with her team's play on the back nine at Forest Greens. Despite their school's proximity to the course, the Bruins do not play their home meets there and practice there only occasionally; when they do, they are not permitted to practice on the back nine.
"It's almost like going on a trip without the map and finding the destination," Overman said.
But with the district title under their belts, the Bruins now have a different destination in mind. The Bruins finished fifth at the regional match last year; only two teams advance to the Virginia AAA championships.
"We knew a year ago we should have gotten out of regionals," Overman said. "This year we want to get out and make a state appearance."
1, Forest Park, 304; 2, Potomac, 349; 3, Hylton, 353; 4, Gar-Field, 357; 5, Woodbridge, 366.
Individual top finishers
1, Jerry Roma, Forest Park, 69; 2, Joe Buttgereit, Forest Park, 74; 3, Brady Williams, Forest Park, 79; 4, Mike Matta, Potomac, 80; 5, David Jones, Potomac, 80; 6, Jacob Schauefele, Woodbridge, 81.
(Top six from teams that did not advance)
1, Jacob Schauefele , Woodbridge, 81; 2, Chris Wills, Gar-Field, 82; 3, David Sledz, Hylton, 83; 4, Jon Merrill, Gar-Field, 86; 5, Patrick Jewell, Hylton, 86; 6, Phillip Henry, Woodbridge, 86.