With the advantage of a deep and experienced squad, the Madison Warhawks won their third straight Concorde District golf tournament championship with a 328 team score, 15 strokes better than the second-place finisher.
The 18-hole, five-team high-school event was played in cold and very windy conditions on the Laurel Hill Golf Club course in Lorton, leading to high scores. Only oneplayer shot in the 70s, and that was Madison senior and tournament medalist Drew Miller with a 77.
“I’d say, on average, with the conditions, the scores were 10 strokes higher per player,” Madison coach Jon Eisman said. “I told our players to stay in their lane with their skill sets, and don’t try to do too much. Scores in the 80s are OK. Days like this in golf are a testament to a true team test.”
Miller, who made two birdies, said he dealt with the wind as best he could.
“A 77 is a good score today, because sometimes with the wind, hitting the ball was a guessing game,” said Miller, who finished second in last year’s event. “It was fun hitting downhill with the wind, but not as much fun and a challenge hitting against the wind.”
Also for Madison, senior Matt Miller and junior Katelynn Waclawski each shot 83, sophomore Holden Sullivan 85, freshman Jacob Peel 90 and junior Daniel Cho 101.
Madison entered the tournament undefeated with a 6-0 record in regular-season matches.
“I feel like our team is a little deeper and better than last year,” Eisman said. “We’ll see how we can do at the region.”
The Chantilly Chargers finished second with a 343 team score and the Oakton Cougars third at 346. Westfield shot 363 and Centreville 398. The top two teams advance to the 6D North Region Tournament on April 12.
Oakton was missing top player senior Alexandra Delgado, who had a wisdom teeth procedure.
Leading Oakton was Allan Hering with an 82, Akshitha Vemuru shot 84, Michael Zhou 86, Jai Kathuria 94, Jeffery Young 95 and Haram Kim 98.