HARRISONBURG — Spotswood extended its lead to 13 strokes over Fort Defiance Wednesday at the second of three Conference 29 mini golf tournaments at the Lakeview Golf Course.
The Blazers finished the second round with a 322 to Fort Defiance’s 326. Western Albemarle was third with a 335. Then came Broadway (348), Fluvanna (352), Turner Ashby (354), Monticello (355) and Waynesboro (471).
In the cumulative total of the two rounds so far played, The Blazers lead with a 646 while the Indians are second at 659 and Warriors third at 669.
At Lakeview Wednesday, the Mountain and Lake courses were played with a spectacular round by Spotswood sophomore Jaden Harman highlighting play.
She blistered the course with a 7-under par 65, a round consisting of seven birdies and no bogeys.
Next best was a 75 by Fort Defiance’s Alex Gough who was her playing partner.
“She couldn’t miss a putt,” Gough said. “It was fun to watch.”
The 65 set a Spotswood school record, and according to her dad, was five strokes better than her previous best round of 70.
In the Blazers’ 322, Harman was joined by Matt Sengul (83), Dylan Nicely (86) and Simon Parmer (88).
Meanwhile, joining Gough on the second place Indians were Christian Michael with a 79, Logan Pearson at 85 and Clint Cox with an 87.
Gough felt he could have done better than his 75.
“I missed a lot of putts,” he said. “It should have been a little lower. But I did have some birdies today, two on the Mountain side, and one on the Lake. They were all decent 10-15 foot putts.”
Fort coach Scott Cash was pleased with what he saw.
“We played hard under tough conditions,” he said. “The course was dry and fast. We left a few shots out there today, but overall, I was really pleased with our performance.
“Alex and Christian have been practicing hard, and reaping the benefits. I’m just looking for consistency at the lower end.”
Waynesboro was led by a 92 from Jacob Allen. Other counters were Sam Sikora, Ellis Perry, Kevin Hicks and Xavier Golladay.
“Under tough conditions, we came down 50 strokes from the last time we were here,” Waynesboro coach Charlie Cox said. “I couldn’t be more happier.”
Individually, after Harman’s 65 and Gough’s 75, Broadway’s Lane Bazzle had the next lowest score with a 77. Monticello’s Tyler Walker followed with a 78.
The third, and final Conference 29 mini tournament will be on September 26 at Glenmore. The top two squads plus the top six individuals from other teams will advance to the regionals, based on the results of the three mini tournaments.