Madison defeated Robinson in a sudden-death playoff to win the Virginia Group AAA state golf tournament at Madison's home course, Westwood Country Club in Vienna, as the top two Northern Region schools took charge after two Southern Region schools led after the first day.

Each team fielded six golfers, with the four best scores comprising the team total. For the playoff, each team started from the first tee and totaled the top four scores for each hole until a winner emerged.

Dan Roden, Jeff Kight and Jason Peterson each parred the playoff hole to edge Robinson, which got only two pars.

Madison's Troy Thompson had trepidations heading into the playoff. "We knew we could easily win on our home course," he said. "Most of the guys were like, 'Robinson: We can kill them.' But really I was scared out of my mind."

Robinson competed in the playoff with just five golfers as Allan Honadle left after the regular round.

The two teams finished the second day with a combined 645 each. Robinson shot 318 yesterday, Madison 319.

Both teams came from back in the pack after Monday's round. Peterson improved nine strokes to a team-best 77.

"I hit the ball good both days but I just concentrated more today," he said.

Thompson shot 79-78 to lead Madison over the two days. Steve Mosely's 82-81 tied Peterson for the team's second best. Kight and Roden each shot 170, John Saporito 187.

Madison Coach Don Roth said: "They didn't shoot their best golf, but we won as a team. We didn't have any individual medalist so that shows you the team effort."

Jason Dunn recorded 158 for the tournament to lead Robinson. John Collins shot 81-79 and Tim Hummel 85-80. Tom Murphy's 167, Chris Ingalis's 169 and Honadle's 177 completed the Rams' scores.

First-day leaders Halifax and Great Bridge fell to fourth and fifth, respectively. George Washington-Danville, led by Steve Tucker's 157, finished third.

Great Bridge's Curtis Deal shot a tournament-best 71 in the second round to win the individual title with 149.

Troy Ferris of defending champion Frank Cox shot 76 each day to place second. "This is one of the hardest courses I have ever played," Ferris said. "You hit drives that plug into the fairway. Then you hit irons that bounce right off the green, they're so fast."