West Potomac Golfers Improve on Thursday
Wolverines shut out of regionals, but play better as a team on day two
Entering the second day of the Patriot District golf championship 40 strokes off the lead as a team with no individual breaking 80 on day one, the West Potomac Wolverines needed to find small victories on Thursday. With two golfers shaving strokes off their day one scores and the team cutting its total to 340 from 347, it's safe to say they did just that.
Alex Chang shot an 80 to lead the way for the Wolverines. Pair that with his 81 from Wednesday, and his total of 161 was best for West Potomac. The brightest spot came from Alex Browning, who took 10 strokes off his previous score, finishing up with an 86 on day two.
"It was better than yesterday, but I didn't finish as strong as I wanted," Chang said. "For the first half and first two holes of the back nine it was great, but then I just got tired and slipped a little bit."
Chang said a familiarity with the course from the opening round, along with a few modifications to the course, helped him on Thursday.
"I could read it a little bit better today," Chang said. "I just feel that the different hole locations set it off a little bit better, I could see better today."
Lake Braddock took home the team crown for the fifth straight year, finishing the two-day tournament with a score of 608. They'll move on to the Northern Region championship along with South County, which came in second at 615.
Individually, Robert E. Lee freshman Tyler Spears posted a three-under 69 Thursday to vault ahead of Lake Braddock senior Kenny Towns for first place. Towns came in second, with West Springfield's Bobby Bradshaw and Matt Spooner placing third and fourth, respectively.
Lake Braddock's Michael Quinteros and Sam Kim, Annandale's Greg Nielsen and South County's Jake Saba tied to round out the top five. All of those listed above, along with Annandale's Eric Reynolds, will move on to regionals.
Angela Longo and Michael Barnes each shot an 87 for West Potomac, while Joe Coughlin posted a 99 and alternate Catie Lieback ended the day at 101.
Full final results for the Patriot District championship are in a PDF to the right. The Northern Region Championship will be played on October 5 and 6 at the Oaks Course at Twin Lakes.