Louisa’s golf team held its first home match of the year on Thursday, Aug. 29. Though Tanyard has provided quite the home field advantage for the team in recent years, it wasn’t enough against the visiting Powhatan Indians, who won by 10 strokes, 162 to 152.
The loss wasn’t a total shock for a Louisa team that is in the process of developing its younger players. Powhatan finished second by only two strokes in last year’s district tournament, and the team has started off strong again this year.
Regardless, Louisa held its own in the nine hole match, led by the veterans of the team. With par set at 37, senior Joe Azurin led the team with a 39, while fellow seniors Nick Morris, Josh Holley and Joey Vipperman shot a 39, 40 and 46, respectively.
In high school golf, each school brings six players to competitions, who are then grouped into three pairs. The top four individual scores of each team are counted towards the match total.
The loss was Louisa’s first at Tanyard in two years. For coach Nick Schreck though, the loss doesn’t serve as a signal to panic. He said that, if anything, it shows how close they are to achieving their goal of competing with the best that the district has to offer.
“We are almost there, we just need to keep working hard at practice,” Schreck said.
Schreck stressed that the team’s fourth scorer, whoever that may be at following matches, will be critical for the team’s success this season. Powhatan’s four scores of 36, 37, 38 and 41 showed slightly more consistency than Louisa, a trait that Louisa coaches Schreck and D.P. Seay frequently list as an ingredient the team is searching for.
The Lions will travel to Western Albemarle on Thursday for a district match, and then head to Lake Monticello Golf Course in Palmyra on Monday, Sept. 9 for a three-team match against Stuarts Draft and Fluvanna.