Lake Braddock senior golfer Joe Cahill is riding a wave of success that started last month and isn't likely to end for a while. In that short span, Cahill has won the Northern District tournament, placed second at the Northern Region tournament, and was fourth at the Virginia State AAA tournament.
The streak began at the District tournament at Twin Lakes, where Cahill plays at least three times a week. On the windy first day, Cahill arrived a few moments before he was to tee off. He got off to a slow start and finished with a 77, one stroke behind the leader, Robinson's Tim Hummel. The next day Cahill rallied for a 1-over-par 74 to tie Hummel for the lead and lead Lake Braddock to the team title; he then outlasted Hummel in a playoff.
On the first day of the state tournament, Cahill shot 82, seven strokes behind the leader. He and Coach Gary Reedy then stayed well after dark to practice putting. "He tried to teach me ways to deal with the fast greens like holding a lighter grip on the putter," Cahill said. "It seemed to work on the back nine the second day. Everything was falling." Cahill shot a tournament-best 34 on the final nine holes to finish fourth.
"There's not many guys out there who have what he has to work with," Reedy said. "He has the ability to hit the ball a long way. And he has the potential, the way he hits, for even further development. If I were a college coach, I'd be jumping all over him."