Peter Badawy wasn't satisfied with shooting par at the Virginia AAA state tournament yesterday, but he probably should have been. The McLean High junior's score of 72 after 18 holes gave him the lead among individuals in the 36-hole tournament, played at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club in Leesburg.
The final 18 holes will be played today, and Northern Region runner-up Langley is within six strokes of first-place Cox, which scored 317 yesterday. The other two area teams, Fairfax and Hylton, are tied for fifth place out of eight teams with 335.
Chantilly freshman Jenny Suh also had a strong opening round yesterday. One of only two girls in the 72-player field, and the only one who qualified as an individual, she shot a 76 from the white tees--the male players shot from the championship tees--and is in eighth place.
The winning and runner-up teams from each of the state's four regions all qualified, as did the players not from those teams with the six lowest scores. Badawy and Suh were among those 24 players.
Badawy is one stroke ahead of Franklin County's Matt Chandler. Matt Johnson of Fairfax is three strokes back at 75.
"It feels good to have a low score, a decent score," said Badawy, who placed second at the Northern Region tournament last week. "I'm just looking forward to tomorrow, to hopefully hit it better. I know I can do better than today."
Long Reach, Glenelg Share Title
Brandi Franks scored twice yesterday to give Long Reach a 2-1 victory over Glenelg and a share of the Howard County field hockey championship with the Gladiators. Both teams finished county play with 14 points.
The county awards two points for a win, one for a tie. Long Reach finished 6-1-2 in the county; Glenelg closed at 7-2.
Franks scored both goals early to give the Lightning a quick lead. She redirected a Theresa Heston shot 2 minutes 40 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. At the 9:40 mark, she scored after a scramble in front for a 2-0 lead.
"We just couldn't seem to finish today," Glenelg Coach Ginger Kincaid said. "We were real flat in the first half."