Several area high school golf teams will be competing in district championship tournaments this week. In Virginia, teams from the Liberty, Concorde and National districts will have team and individual competitions, with players vying for spots in next week's regional tournaments. Players must survive two tournaments--the district event and the regional event--to earn a place in the state tournament, which will be held Oct. 25-26 at Raspberry Falls Golf Club in Leesburg.
While most districts hold two-day tournaments on consecutive days, the Concorde District began its event Oct. 6 in Herndon. The event concludes today at Reston National.
The Patriot District completed its tournament last week. Hayfield senior Craig Mason won the individual title while leading his team to the overall crown.
A Golfer's Name
Centreville's Ben Hogan, named partly after his grandfather and partly after the legendary golfer by the same name, shot 75 in the opening round of the Concorde District tournament. The senior golfer said he needs to shoot a lower score today to have a chance to claim the title.
Hogan, who said he is asked about his name and whether it has any link to the late Ben Hogan, said there are a few similarities between his game and that of the great Hogan.
"I know a lot about him, and he was quiet on the golf course and so am I," Hogan said. "I like when people ask me about it. It kind of gives me something to live up to."
A Pair of Repeats
In Maryland, Whitman's Charles Hong overcame blustery conditions at rain-soaked Poolesville Golf Club last week to shoot 75, good enough to capture his second consecutive District II title.
Hong, last year's All-Met Golfer of the Year and state runner-up, and his Vikings teammates shot a score of 310 to capture their second consecutive district team crown. Magruder, which finished second in the tournament, will join Whitman as the team representatives from District 2 to play in the state tournament Oct. 18-19 at the University of Maryland.
Churchill, which won the state championship last year, will not have a chance to defend its title later this month. The Bulldogs finished sixth in the event. Churchill junior Jairo Irreno did qualify for the individual competition at the state meet. District 5 played its tournament long before most other areas. Broadneck won the event, held Sept. 30, and advanced to the state competition.