Golfers get early jump on things

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JF ties for second; McDaniel top greensman at Heritage

By Mike Forster

School calendar?  What school calendar?

Preps duffers got a jump on the start of school, as they pounced on an early-August start to their season.

For the record, the first day of classes is August 23.  The regular season kicked off on Aug.4.

The highlight, so far, came with the Heritage Invitational this past Monday at London Downs..

That tournament featured all seven Seminole District teams, plus 15 other teams, including Staunton River.

While those 15 teams were playing for glory or tune-up (or both), the Seminole greensmen were playing for keeps.  The results will count in Seminole District standings.

So, Jefferson Forest’s second-place finish was a mixed blessing.

On the one hand, the Cavs would have loved to hoist the winning hardware.  Instead, Cave Spring grabbed that honor.

On the other hand, JF finished as the top Seminole team, putting some padding between it and the rest of its Seminole rivals.

By the way, the regular season consists of seven matches.  Each school hosts one match on its home course.  All seven Seminole schools are invited.

The results of the seven matches are rolled together to give an aggregate score.

So, in theory, it would be possible for a team to win six of the seven matches, but not win the regular season title.  Similarly, a team could place in second place at every match and still take the regular season crown.

All of that theorizing might be moot.

JF seems to be the cream of the Seminole District (though Rustburg or E.C. Glass might have something to say about that) and Cav George McDaniel might well be the top dog of the area, when all is said and done.

McDaniel lit it up on Monday, nailing a 69, which was three-under par and two strokes better than Rustburg’s Clayton Forren and Bassett’s Blake Carter.

McDaniel picked up from where he left off last season, when he led the Cavs to  regular season and tournament championships in the Seminole.

Team finishes:

1.  Cave Spring:  315

2t.  Jefferson Forest:  317

2t.  Franklin County:  317

2t.  Hidden Valley:  317

5t.  Rustburg: 319

5t.  Salem: 319

5t.  Mills Godwin: 319

8.   Lord Botetourt: 320

9t.  E.C. Glass: 321

9t.  Bassett: 321

In addition to McDaniel’s medal performance, the Cavs had some decent efforts.  Logan Smith carded a 78.  Jon Lively nailed an 84, Nick Garfield had an 86, while Josh Vaughn turned in a score of 92.

Liberty finished in 17th place, with a 363.  Colton Witt was the top Minuteman, carding an 88.  Jordan Eubank had a 90 and Tyler Witt recorded a 91.

Staunton River finished in 19th place, with a 370.  The Golden Eagles were paced by Dustin Roberts’s 89, a stroke better than teammate John Lyle.

Before the first textbook is cracked or the first school bell rung, by the way, the Seminole district will be more than halfway through its regular season slate.

One of the reasons for the aggressive scheduling is because of the length of the matches, usually in the neighborhood of four hours in length.  Throw travel into the mix, and you’re looking at matches cutting into school time.