The Louisa Lions golf team finished in sixth place in the Jefferson District’s first mini-match of the season on Monday, Aug. 11.
Playing at Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville, the Lions ended the day with a score of 369. Albemarle, the event’s host, took first place with a score of 315.
The match was Louisa’s second taste of action this season, as the team fell to Culpeper by two strokes in its season opener on Thursday, Aug. 7. With Louisa having one of the youngest rosters in recent memory, head coach Nick Schreck said the team is finally starting to get a feel for how high school competition works.
“They’re disappointed in their scores, but I’m trying to get them to understand that it’s a lot different going out and playing in a high school match against kids you’re not familiar with as opposed to weekend golf,” Schreck said.
Sophomore standouts John Reynolds and Ryan Fleshman led the way for the Lions, finishing with scores of 86 and 91, respectively, on the par 72 course. Both junior Mitchell Thorpe and senior Dakota McNutt shot 96 to round out the scoring for the quartet.
Reynolds’ score was good enough to place him in the top 15 of the tournament, with Albemarle’s Graham Johnson taking the top spot with a scorching 72. Schreck said Fleshman’s score was higher than the coach would prefer, but not entirely unexpected. The sophomore served as the team’s fourth-highest scorer for most of last year. Now, he faces off against opposing teams’ top dogs.
“[His score] was to be expected, being in a new position as our number one scorer and playing a course he’s not familiar with,” Schreck said.
Going into the match, Schreck said all but one of his players had been on the course. Of the six players Louisa brought to the match, all but one shot under 100.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 14 edition of The Central Virginian.