Louisa linksters tee off for new season

The Louisa Lions’ golf team is in a pretty good position as they tee off for their 2019 season. The team boasts seven players, including four returning starters from last season.

Returning to the number one spot is junior Zane Moore, a two-time Virginia High School League state championship qualifier and runner-up at last year’s tournament. Moore shot 71 at the Williamsburg National Golf Course, finishing two strokes behind state champion Hayden Miller of Heritage High School.

“I’m glad to be back out [on the course],” he said. “I feel like it’s going to be a good year.”

Joining Moore on the links are returning players Price Straley, Evan Straley and Nate Feagans. The three of them, along with Moore, competed at the Region 4B championship, finishing third as a team with a score of 380. 

“[Having so many players back] gives us a good opportunity to play well and have a good season,” Price Straley, the team’s lone senior, said.

Head Coach Neal Moubray said that having his top four players back gives him confidence about the upcoming season. 

“I’m already able to tell that there’s been a big improvement,” he said. “You can tell they’ve put in the work in the off-season.”

Rounding out the lineup for the Lions are three new faces: Perry Hopkins, Ariana Jackson and Jacob Barber. Hopkins in particular is a player that Moubray is excited to have on the team this year.

“He seems to have some real potential,” he said. “Adding him would give us another scorer that we could potentially count on.”

As the golf season gets underway, Moubray is confident about the team’s prospects.

“With this squad, I think we can push for [top] two or three in the district,” he said. “I think this group is good enough to do that. You have teams like Albemarle and Western Albemarle who are always good, and I think we’re right there in the mix with them.”

The Lions started their season by competing in a tournament at Spotswood High School on Aug. 7. Results were unavailable at press time. They play their first Jefferson District match on Aug. 14 at Orange County High School.