, 2015

LHS golfers return to the links

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

After finishing fourth in a four-team match last week, Lancaster’s golfers rallied to place second, three strokes behind Essex, in a Northern Neck District match at the Golden Eagle Golf Course Monday.

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Lancaster High School golf team members from left are assistant coach Ned Goode, Jamie Coates, Alex Nelson, Tanner Steensma, Taylor Woolard, Jacob Hudnall, Sheridan Ford, assistant coach Don Nelson and coach Rich Ford. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Essex shot a 261 in the rain-shortened match, while Lancaster shot a 264, Rappahannock a 277 and Northumberland a 285.

In last week’s four-team match, Essex had a team low of 334, while Rappahannock was second with a 367 and Northumberland third with a 371. Lancaster had a 381.

Junior Alex Nelson led Lancaster with a 52 Monday at home and shot an 82 on 18 holes at Hobbs Hole Golf Course last week. Nelson, a two-time state qualifier and last year’s Conference #43 and Region 1A East medalist, will anchor Lancaster’s five-player team.

Nelson is coach Rich Ford’s only returner.

“I’m looking at him as the horse,” said Ford. “He’s going to drive this team and set the scores for the rest of the team.”

Senior Taylor Woolard returns to the golf course with the LHS team after a year break. Ford expects good things from Woolard, who shot a 68 Monday and a 92 in last week’s four-team match.

“After watching Taylor all summer, I know he’s going to be a big help,” said Ford. “He was shooting low all summer and is playing really good golf.”

Ford’s number three player is his son, Sheridan, a freshman. He shot a 64 in the shortened match Monday and a 93 last week.

“Because he’s my kid, he knows I am going to expect more out of him and be tougher on him,” said Ford. “He’s finally growing into his body and maturing with it. And he’s learning his new swing in that body.”

Sheridan and fellow freshman Jacob Hudnall, along with Nelson, played on the Junior River golf tour this summer. Sheridan and Hudnall are also graduates of the Lancaster Middle School team.

“Jacob is improving in every round,” said Ford. “His score may not always reflect that but his overall game is improving.”

Hudnall shot an 80 as the fourth scorer in Monday’s match and had a 114 as the fourth scorer in last week’s match.

Also new to the team and new to the game of golf are juniors Tanner Steensma and Jamie Coates.

“Both are still learning the game,” said Ford.

Lancaster also won a nine-hole non-district match against Mathews last week, 197-209. Nelson shot a 39 to lead Lancaster and Woolard shot a 42. Sheridan had a 50 and Hudnall a 66.

The Devils will travel to Quinton Oaks Golf Course near Callao today (August 21) for another-four-team district match against Rappahannock, Northumberland and Essex.


August 21 at Rappahannock, Quinton Oaks Golf Course

August 28 at Middlesex, Piankatank River Golf Course

September 4 at Rappahannock, Quinton Oaks Golf Course

September 9 at Essex, Hobbs Hole Golf Course

September 11 Northumberland, Golden Eagle Golf Course

September 16 Rappahannock, Golden Eagle Golf Course

September 18 Essex, Golden Eagle Golf Course

September 23 at Northumberland, Quinton Oaks Golf Course

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