The previously undefeated Chantilly golf team concluded state tournament play Tuesday with a second-place finish at Red Wing Golf Club in Virginia Beach. The Chargers finished with a two-day total of 597, five shots back of first-place Mills Godwin of Richmond.
After trailing the Eagles by two shots after the first day, Chantilly climbed back to grab a two-stroke lead after 15 holes on Tuesday, according to Chantilly coach Kurt Sporkmann. But Mills Godwin finished strong, coming home with aggregate scores of 298-294 compared to Chantilly’s 300-297.
The Chargers were led by junior Connor Messick, who finished in a tie for sixth place with scores of 72-73. Mike Sciorra’s 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday gave him a 147 total, while Vishal Giri shot 151 and Ju Hee Bae came away with 154.
“I’m encouraged a lot by the fact that we’re a young group and we were as successful as we were,” Sporkmann said. “I’m encouraged and excited that we’re going to be returning everybody [next season]. There are some people in the wings of our team who didn’t go to states with us that have promise to improve. I’m hoping that we’re going to be deep; I’m hoping that we’re going to be strong. If we’re lucky enough to get back there, we’ll take it one shot at a time.”
After ending the first day sitting in seventh place out of the eight teams in the field, Madison stormed back to claim a fourth-place finish with a 614 total. A 70 from sophomore Shannon Brooks and a 74 from freshman Amber Liu sparked the 14-stroke improvement that gave the Warhawks a second day score of 300. Brooks and Liu each shot 147 to tie for 10th place.
Langley junior Edric Wung was the Northern Region’s top finisher, ending the competition in third place with scores of 74-68. Wung was one of three players at the tournament competing for Langley, which missed out on team qualification by one stroke in the rain-shortened regional tournament at Twin Lakes. Junior Justin Nguyen shot 154, while junior Chris Brugge finished with 159.
Manchester’s Lyberty Anderson made an eagle on the final hole to shoot 137 (69, 68) and claim first place by one shot over James Rivers’ Jason Park. Northern Region champion Nathan Chuwait finished in a tie for 40th place with scores of 78-77, and Jefferson teammate Julie Luo finished up with 77-73 to share 17th place.