Lutz wins 2A East golf title

Published 5:20 am Thursday, October 6, 2016

Prince Edward County High School may not have been represented by a team at the Region 2A East golf tournament on Monday, but its name was perched at the top of the individual leaderboard thanks to senior Henry Lutz.

Lutz followed up his second-place finish at the Quad Rivers Conference 34 tournament by winning the regional championship with a solid three-over par round of 73 at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg.

He attributed his success to hitting a high percentage of quality shots that led to multiple birdie attempts and to trusting that when he did hit a poor shot, his putting was solid enough to give him a chance at par.

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Lutz finished with two birdies, five bogeys and multiple near-miss birdie attempts.

As medalist of the regional tournament, Lutz was named the Region 2A East Golfer of the Year and is the first-seeded player on the all-region team. In addition, Henry qualified for the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Group 2A state tournament as an individual for the second consecutive year.

This year marked the fourth consecutive year that Lutz was the No. 1-seeded individual representing Conference 34 at the Region 2A East tournament.

Due to recent rains, course conditions were extremely wet, but the course was in very good condition for play as a result of the efforts of Heritage Oaks’ grounds crew. Calm winds and mild sunshine made for a nearly perfect day for the 72 players to compete.

Six individual qualifiers from each conference, including Lutz, helped populate the field, the majority of who was made up of players from the qualifying teams. Teams from Conferences 33, 34, 35 and 36 included Bruton, Central (Woodstock), Clarke County, East Rockingham, Greensville County, Randolph-Henry and Robert E. Lee high schools, along with Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

Randolph-Henry claimed first place as a team Monday with a score of 306, while East Rockingham took second place with a score of 313. Both teams advance to the VHSL Group 2A state tournament set for Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course.