At the beginning of the season for Louisa’s golf team, head coach Nick Schreck had one goal in mind. Certainly, he wanted all of his his golfers to improve individually, but he made it clear with his players that making the regional tournament on Oct. 8 – as a team – was where the bar was set.
Sure, plenty of Louisa golfers had made it individually over the past six years of Schreck’s tenure as head coach, but never has a Louisa team as a unit qualified.
Now, almost two months to the day since the bar was set, Schreck’s team has sailed over it.
Needing to finish in the top two of their conference tournament to qualify for regional play, the Lions did exactly that, leaving the clubhouse with a second-place finish.
“We’re very happy,” Schreck said. “We’re just glad to go as a team. That was our goal going in.”
Though the Lions didn’t come away with an outright victory in the tournament – Charlottesville won with a score of 316 – they had plenty to be proud of. Louisa’s score of 340 was a full 37 strokes ahead of third-place Harrisonburg.
Also, Louisa’s top golfer, senior Nick Morris, shot a blistering 35 on the front nine and finished with a 76, just four over par at the event’s host course, Lake Monticello Golf Course. Morris’ score was only two strokes behind the event’s top scorer, Ryan Cox of Charlottesville, who carded a 74. Morris’ total score was the third lowest among the 34 golfers participating in the event.
Freshman Ryan Fleshman and senior Joey Vipperman both shot an 86, and Freshman John Reynolds shot a 92 to round out the top four positions for Louisa.
Schreck attributed the scores to something that many struggle to keep on the golf course: a cool head.
“We kept pretty calm,” Schreck said. “We had a couple blowup holes, but we recovered really well from those. That’s what we’ve been doing all year.”
And just as Schreck kept the team as the central focus when he set preseason goals, he was just as quick to give them the credit for this season’s accomplishments.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 3 edition of The Central Virginian.