PE’s Lutz wins state golf title

Published 9:23 am Thursday, October 13, 2016

Henry Lutz has set a new standard at Prince Edward County High School, and it’s quite high. The Eagles senior No. 1 golfer carved his name into the school’s history books by winning the Virginia High School League Group 2A State Golf Championship on Tuesday in Harrisonburg.

He shot an even-par 70 for both round one Monday — a windy day — and round two Tuesday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course.

“It feels pretty good,” Lutz said of his title win. “I exceeded my expectations.”

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His main goal this season was to qualify for states for the second consecutive year.

Consequently, entering the tourney, “I’d already done what I wanted to for the year,” he said. “The fact that I won was just a really good icing on the cake.”

Prince Edward Athletics Director Rodney Kane said as far as he knows, Lutz is the first golfer in school history to win a state title.

Eagles Head Golf Coach Michael Weaver was on hand for the tournament and excited for Lutz’s win.

“It was just a sense of fulfillment because he’d broke all the school records,” Weaver said. “He’s been to regionals four years, the whole nine yards.”

Lutz managed nerves well on the state stage.

“I was fairly relaxed on the outside because I was just trying to focus on playing my best golf, and that allowed me to not think about the situation,” Lutz said. “Although I was a little nervous, I didn’t pay attention to it.”

He knew going in what he would need to do to be competitive.

“Somewhere around even par to a couple over would keep you in contention for both days, so I was just looking to stay as close to even par as I could,” Lutz said.

He noted that every part of his game was working for him — chipping and putting, driving, irons and hybrids. For the two-day tourney, he hit seven birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey.

His combined score of 140 was better than any golfer in Group 1A or 2A, which competed together.

“He’s the hardest-working, committed golfer we’ve had, and that’s what it takes,” Weaver said.