This week and next, it’s the girls turn to be the spotlight alone of area high-school golf, as many players first attempt to qualify for the Virginia High School League’s Girls State Open, then try to win the tournament.
On Wednesday, Oct. 20 of this week, 59 girls will participate in an 18-hole state-zone 4A qualifying event at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton, with probably only 15 or fewer earning a state-tournament berth. There will be many talented players in that field. So earning a state berth, in some ways, might be more difficult than contending for the Virginia title a week later, if lucky enough to advance.
That zone field consists of a number of girls who can shoot in the low 70s or high 60s.
Included in the field will be 11 girls representing the Langley Saxons. Some of those players competed for the high-school’s co-ed team that won district, region and Class 6 state team championships this fall.
There are good players from other top fall high-school teams as well, like Madison, Lake Braddock and Robinson.
So expect some low and quality scores at the zone qualifier. A round in the mid to upper 70s might not be good enough to earn that state berth.
We’ll see what happens.
– Dave Facinoli