PE poised for the postseason

Published 9:04 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

It has been a positive season of growth for Prince Edward County High School’s varsity golf team along with a few exceeded expectations.

Though the squad struggled to get team wins this year, holding a 3-13 record going into Thursday’s seeded district matches, senior Henry Lutz has been sensational. Additionally, the less experienced golfers on the team have shown marked improvement.

“All of them are improving just with more swings and with learning the game,” Eagles Head Coach Michael Weaver said.

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The average scores of junior Garrison Cheyne, sophomore Spiros Reinson and junior Aaron Weese have been dropping noticeably through hard work.

The same is true for junior Mark Stanley, who has been a leader on the team in his third year playing.

And holding the No. 1 spot for the Eagles with an impressive senior campaign has been Lutz.

“Henry’s been lighting it up,” Weaver said. “He’s been playing real solid.”

The title of medalist is given to the golfer with the lowest individual score in an event, and Lutz was frequently recognized with the honor this season.

“Out of the eight tri-matches we’ve played, I think he’s got six of them under his belt,” Weaver said. “I guess he’s probably exceeded my expectations.”

Remarkably, he shot a two-under-par 34 in an event this year at Cumberland High School’s home course, the Farmville Municipal Golf Course.

“I seriously look forward to him making it to regionals, and I’m pretty confident he’ll make it to states again this year,” Weaver said. “I’m hoping that Mark Stanley will have a good chance of making it to regionals this year. If he keeps playing solid like he has been, I don’t see why he wouldn’t.”

Though Weaver was doubtful the Eagles could qualify for regionals as a team given the strength of the competition, he expressed hope that either Cheyne, Reinson or Weese could join Lutz and Stanley and make it individually.

Prince Edward earned the seventh seed out of nine teams in the district, allowing it to host on Thursday the lower seeds — Buckingham County High School and Cumberland.

Weaver cited a season highlight as being an Eagles victory over higher-seeded Amelia County High School on Aug. 23.

Prince Edward will participate in the Quad River Conference 34 tournament on Sept. 26 at Kinderton Country Club in Clarksville.