It was nearly sunset, but Fairfax's Matt Johnson still was able to see the golf ball of Franklin County's Matt Chandler disappear from view and into the cup on the 18th green yesterday at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club in Leesburg. The seven-foot birdie putt gave Chandler the Virginia AAA individual championship and sent Johnson into a playoff for second place with Steve Jenkins of Manchester.
Johnson, a senior, finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament at 148. Jenkins won second place by beating Johnson on the second hole of a playoff.
Frank W. Cox High won the team championship with 640, followed by Franklin County with 645 and Clover Hill (647). Langley, which had entered the day in second place, six strokes behind Cox, ended up in fourth with 650.
Great Bridge (663) and Douglas Freeman (680) rounded out the eight-team field, which drew from the winners of each of the state's four region tournaments.
McLean junior Peter Badawy, who was the individual leader after shooting 72 on Monday, finished with 82 yesterday to drop to seventh place. Freshman Jenny Suh of Chantilly, who like Badawy had qualified as an individual during the Northern Region tournament, finished a stroke behind him (155) in eighth place.
Johnson had won the Northern Region tournament last week after finishing second two straight years. He also won the Liberty District tournament and the Quantico Invitational this year.
"I'm trying to look at it in a good way," he said. "I played well and I finished well. But it's hard thinking about how close I came."
ROSEBERRY WINS AA: Loudoun County's Kenny Roseberry defeated Matt Bascom of Western Albemarle on the first playoff hole to capture individual medalist honors in the Virginia AA championships at Ford's Colony in Williamsburg. Roseberry had a 36-hole total of 153, 9-over par.