, 2014

Essex takes conference golf title;
LHS’s Nelson, Valdrighi advance

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

After dominating play during the regular season, Essex High claimed the  Rappahannock River Conference  tournament title Monday with a team low 338 at the Golden Eagle Golf Course near Irvington.

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Lancaster’s Alex Nelson shot a 75 as the individual medalist in Monday’s conference tournament and advanced to the regional tournament. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Carter Morgan led the Trojans with a 78 in the 18-hole tournament while Larkin Gross shot an 80 and Daniel Clark and Charlie Bussler both scored 90 as the four scorers for Essex.

Rappahannock was second as a team with 364. Northumberland was third with a 386 and Lancaster fourth with a 400.

The top two teams plus the top six individuals advanced to the regional tournament, which was scheduled for  October 2 at Piankatank River Golf Course  in Hartfield. 

Sophomore Alex Nelson of Lancaster was the individual medalist in  Monday’s conference  tournament with a 3-over-par 75 on the Red Devils’ home course. Nelson, along with teammate Shawn Valdrighi, advanced to the regional tournament as individuals. Valdrighi shot a personal best 91 in the conference tournament.

Other scorers for Lancaster were Patrick Kelley with a 108 and Nick Nonnemacker with a 126.

Leading Rappahannock was Lance Wheeler with a 79 and Chance Herbert with a 92. Adam Campbell shot a 94 and Austin Scott a 99 for the Raiders.

Trent Newsome had the low score for the Indians with a 93, while Matthew Harris shot a 95, Brennan Saunders a 98 and Josh Long a 100. Newsome, Harris, Saunders and Long all advanced  as individuals to regionals.

Golfers named to the all-tournament team  were Lancaster’s Nelson and Valdrighi; Rappahannock’s Wheeler and Herbert; and Essex High’s Gross, Morgan Clarke and Bussler.

Those named to the all-conference team were Lancaster’s Nelson; Rappahannock’s Wheeler and Herbert; Northumberland’s Harris and Brandon Walker; and Essex High’s Gross, Morgan and Clarke. Rappahannock High’s Paul Yackel was chosen by his peers as the conference coach of the year.

Lancaster’s Nelson, Valdrighi, Kelley and Nonnemacker were named to the conference’s all-academic team.

In other matches last week, Northumberland’s Harris and Long shot a 37 each  on nine holes in the final regular season match of the year to lead the Indians over Lancaster at Quinton Oaks Golf Course.

Parker and Newsome both shot a 39 as the Indians tallied a low 152 as a team last Thursday.

Nelson shot a 39 to lead Lancaster, which scored 187 as a team. Kelley shot a 47, Nonnemacker a 49 and Valdrighi a 52.

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