They played the same Twin Lakes Golf Course each round and the conditions were great for all the players. Yet, the second-round scores at the six-team, two-day 36-hole Concorde District high-school golf tournament were higher, some significantly so, for five of the teams, as well as loftier for many of the golfers in the field, as well.
And they played the same lakes course each round, so the golfers were familiar with the setup. They just didn’t score very well.
Westfield and Chantilly tied for first with 644 team totals. Then Westfield won in a one-hole playoff format. Westfield shot 313 the first day, then 333 the second. Chantilly shot 319-325.
South Lakes was third at 319-328–647. Oakton was fourth at 316-333–649. Centreville was fifth (322-347–669).
The only team that carded a lower second round was the sixth place Madison Warhawks (349-345–694).
In same cases, if just one of the top golfers on any of the top four teams had matched their first-round score, that squad would have won the championship.
The weather was fine the second day with little wind. So the scoring conditions were ideal. But in most cases, that wasn’t the case. Twenty four of the 35 players who played both rounds had higher second-day scores.
What’s the answer? Maybe the final-round pressure? Or maybe, that’s just golf sometimes.
– Dave Facinoli