Red Devils win Region 1 A golf championship; Pittman shoots 3-over par 75 for medalist title

The Lancaster High School golf team won the Region 1A championship last Thursday and will advance to the Class 1 state tournament on Monday, October 11. From left are coach Rob Pittman, Claire Beitel, Eli Pittman, Ben Pittman, Carter McGee, Leyton Dew, Pierson Long, Creston Saunders and manager Collin Payne. Photo by Sarah Pittman

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Ben Pittman turned in one of his best scores of the season last Thursday, shooting a 3-over par 75 as the individual medalist of the Region 1A tournament at his home course, Golden Eagle Golf Course in Irvington. Pittman led Lancaster to the team championship and a berth in the Class 1 championships near Blacksburg on Monday, October 11.

Pittman has been a stroke or two, or three, behind teammate and tournament favorite Claire Beitel. Beitel was the Northern Neck District tournament medalist and has won five of Lancaster’s regular season matches this year.

“It was Claire all year,” said B. Pittman. “I guess I concentrated more than I had been and focused on trying to improve over last year.”

B. Pittman was Lancaster’s only state qualifier in the spring season and finished fifth in the 2020 Class 1 tourney. 

He shot a 4-over par 40 on the front nine and was 1-over par 35 on the back….[to-view-more]