STAUNTON – Spotswood, led by low medalist Matt Sengul’s 2-over par 73, captured the first of three Conference 29 mini golf tournaments by nine strokes Wednesday on the Club at Ironwood course.
Fort Defiance trailed Spotswood’s 324 with a 333 to take second place in the eight-team conference field.
Broadway and Western Albemarle were one stroke behind the Indians with 334 scores. Then came Fluvanna (354), Turner Ashby (363), Monticello (367) and Waynesboro (500).
There are two other Conference 29 mini tournaments set. One at Glenmore Country Club on September 16 and the other at Lakeview Golf Course on September 26.
For the second place Indians, Alex Gough led the way with a 78 while the other counters were Christian Michael with an 82, Logan Pearson 84 and Evan Carter 89.
“We are showing some improvement, and have a fourth score we can rely on,” Fort coach Scott Cash said. “The VSGA (Virginia State Golf Association) was rating the course today and the course was fast. It was more of a professional setup.
“Alex had a pretty good score for us today considering the conditions of the course,” Cash added. “It played tough today and there was also the hot temperatures. He was able to scramble around pretty well and come out with a good score.”
Gough’s 78 was third best in a field of 48 golfers. Behind low medalist Sengul’s 73, Broadway’s Lane Bazzle recorded a 77. Spotswood’s Jaden Harman also matched Gough with a 7-over 78.
“It could have been better,” Gough said of his round. “The greens were harder than usual. I just couldn’t make any birdie putts. It wasn’t my best score and I play here every day.”
For Waynesboro, which has the youngest team around, Jacob Allen’s 111 was the best score.