The Chantilly golf team graduated seven seniors from last year’s Virginia AAA runner-up squad, but that didn’t alter the Chargers’ expectations this fall. They wanted to win a state championship, and after a strong first day at Red Wing Golf Club in Virginia Beach, the Chargers found themselves just two shots back of their target.
But a few miscues on the back nine during Tuesday’s final round proved costly for Chantilly, resulting in a final score of 597 and another second-place finish, five strokes behind champion Mills Godwin of Richmond.
Chantilly junior Connor Messick followed up a solid first day by carding a 1-over-par 73 to claim a tie for sixth in the individual competition with a two-day total of 145. Teammate Mike Sciorra caught fire Tuesday, shooting a 2-under-par 70 to keep the Chargers close. Yet it wasn’t enough to overcome the steady play of the Eagles, who placed two golfers in the top six.
“Mike kept us in it and we all played our best, but Mills Godwin just had the better team,” Messick said. “With five juniors and one sophomore, we have a lot to look forward to next year, but we were still hoping to win it this year.”
Youth also characterized this year’s Madison team, but after shaking off some first-day jitters, the Warhawks rode the 10th-place finishes of Shannon Brooks and Amber Liu to take fourth at 614. Battlefield, the Northwest Region champion, was third with a score of 607.
On the individual side, Langley junior Edric Wung shot a 68 on Tuesday to move from eighth place to third (two-day total of 142). Manchester’s Lyberty Anderson made an eagle on the final hole to finish with a 69-68 — 137 and became the first female AAA individual winner since Chantilly’s Jenny Suh in 2002.
Woodbridge’s Adam Szwed shot a 75-71 — 146 and tied for eighth.
Loudoun Valley’s Ian Hildebrand also fell victim to an opponent’s strong finish in the AA tournament at Lakeview Golf Course in Harrisonburg. Consecutive scores of 73 kept Hildebrand near the top of the leader board, but Ryan Monday of Blacksburg used a 67 on Tuesday to climb ahead by one stroke and take first place with a two-day total of 145. Heritage’s Ryan Douglass tied for eighth with a 148.
Salem won the team portion with a final score of 597 while Dominion finished in seventh with a 648.