The Blacksburg High golfers used their home course to pass Lord Botetourt on the second day of the Bob McLelland Metro Golf tournament last week. Blacksburg edged the Cavaliers by seven strokes to win the Metro, while James River, the smallest school in the tournament, finished 10th among 13 teams.
LB led the tournament after Wednesday’s round at Blue Hills. The Cavaliers opened with a 297, led by a 71 by Samir Davidov. Botetourt had four scores of 76 or better on the par 71 course as Kaitlyn Mosdell and Ashton Harper had 75 each and Kyle Lograsso carded a 76.
Blacksburg was one stroke back at 298, but the Bruins had the second day on their home links and they shot a 301 at the par 72 Blacksburg Country Club course. LB had a solid 309 to finish at 606 for 36 holes to take runner-up honors.
Davidov shot a 74 at BCC for a two-day score of 145, the best in the field. That beat Cutter Harvey of Franklin County by a stroke, as Harvey shot even par at Blacksburg after a 74 at Blue Hills. Blacksburg’s Melissa Meng shot 75 and 72 for 147, two strokes behind Davidov.
Mosdell shot a 76 in Blacksburg for 151 overall. Harper shot 77 to come in at 152 and Lograsso had an 82 for a two-day score of 158.
“I’m pleased with our first week of the season,” said LB coach Todd Smith. “We tied for third in the 22-team field at the Heritage and then placed second in the 12-team Metro. That’s a good start. We played well the first day and played decent the second day at Blacksburg, but they are tough to beat, especially on their home track.”
James River finished the tournament at 782 with a 379 at Blue Hills and 403 on a tough Blacksburg course. Ryan Steger led River with 83 and 88 for 171 while Silas Miller had 102 at Blue Hills before battling back for an 86 at BCC to total 188. Joey Schroeder had 94 and 109 for 205 while Lacey Kessler shot 100 and 120 for 220, scoring both days for the Knights.
Both county teams open district play this week. The Cavaliers were scheduled to play at Westlake on Tuesday in a Blue Ridge District mini-match hosted by Staunton River. Next Tuesday will be an 18-hole match, also at Westlake, with Franklin County as host.
James River was at Cliff View on Monday in a Three Rivers District match hosted by Covington. Steger led the Knights with an 82 while Miller shot 99, Kessler had 101 and Schroeder had 103 as the Knights totaled 385. Floyd County won the round with 317, followed by Radford and Giles in a tie for second at 333 and River was fourth.