An Oct. 7 Sports article referred to Langley High School golfer Tyler Beale as Terry Beale. (Published 10/21/04)
Zach Spees was easy to spot during the Virginia AAA Northern Region golf tournament the past two days. The Westfield junior patterned himself after golfers from early last century, sporting a button-down dress shirt, slacks and a white tie.
Spees, however, distinguished himself in more ways than a fashion statement, shooting a 1-under-par 145 to easily win the tournament's individual title and lead the Bulldogs to their first regional team title. One of the field's longest hitters, Spees continually used his 300-plus-yard drives to shoot a 1-under 72 in Tuesday's first round and a par round yesterday to finish seven strokes ahead of teammate Jeff Long.
"I guess everybody has their own style," said Spees, who wore a charcoal shirt and navy pants yesterday. "I like dressing up sometimes. It gives me a little confidence playing."
With Spees and Long leading the way, Westfield shot a two-day total of 633 to finish 13 strokes ahead of second-place Robinson. Both teams earned a berth in the Virginia AAA tournament that begins Monday at Chesdin Landing Golf Club outside Richmond. The region's top six individuals also advanced to the state tournament: Chantilly's Joe Monte, Yorktown's Brian Brady, Jefferson's Seenu Narayanan, Madison's Chris Murphy, Mount Vernon's Jake Balliew and Langley's Terry Beale, who won a three-way playoff for the final spot.
While there was drama for that final slot in the state tournament, the top of the leader board held few questions. Spees held a two-shot lead after the first round, then shot par on the first nine yesterday to take control as other golfers faltered. No other golfer shot a round of even or better during the event. With his tie neatly tucked into his shirt to keep from getting in the way of his swing, Spees had three birdies and three bogeys yesterday, with a nice 20-foot putt to save par on No. 17.
Spees said he likes to wear similar outfits for important tournaments, though warm weather prevented him from doing so in last week's Concorde District tournament. With cooler weather this week, Spees traded in his golf shirt for his old-fashioned apparel, drawing plenty of curious attention in a tournament that -- as has been the case throughout this season -- was dominated by Westfield.
"It's pretty competitive between me and Zach and [Michael] Spear," Long said. "We all want to beat each other, but we all want to have good scores for our team."