Fort’s Hanger shoots an 83 at Group 3A state golf

Fort’s Hanger shoots an 83 at Group 3A state golf


Fort’s Hanger shoots an 83 at Group 3A state golf


Fort Defiance’s Atlee Hanger didn’t know until 2:30 p.m Sunday that he would be competing in the Group 3A State Golf Tournament on Monday morning.

As the first alternate out of the 3A West Regional, it was by coincidence that Hanger replaced teammate Parker See who was suspended from the state golf tournament for violation of Augusta County School Board policy.

And on the par-72 Ivy Hill Golf Club course, as one of 12 individuals along with teams from William Monroe, Hidden Valley, Loudoun Valley and William Byrd, Hanger turned in a 44-39—83.

“Atlee shot an 83 in not ideal weather conditions today,” said Fort coach Kevin Brooks. “It was cool and wet. We played lift clean and place today because of the weather conditions.”

Hanger carded a 44 on the front nine and a 39 on the back.

“His first nine holes were a battle of nerves and unforced errors,” Brooks said. “On the back nine he played much better. He made six pars in a row to finish out his round.

“I feel very positive about tomorrow’s round after the way he came back after a poor front,” Brooks said. “I am very proud of the way he fought back.

“It shows how competitive Atlee can be and how bad he wants to do well. It has been a wonderful learning experience for him to participate in such a big tournament.”

Meanwhile in very competitive team play, just six strokes separate the four squads after the first round. Hidden Valley is in front with a 314 while William Monroe carded a 319. William Byrd and Loudoun Valley are right behind with 320 scores.

Individually, Katie Turk of Blackburg and Brandon Weaver of Loudoun Valley are low medalists with 2-under 70s.

With pending bad weather, tee times at the Ivy Hill Golf Club for Tuesday’s second round in the 36-hole tournament have been pushed up an hour. Hanger will tee off at 9 a.m.


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