Hildebrand leads Loudoun contingent at state golf tourney
Loudoun Valley High School golfer Ian Hildebrand finished off a strong junior season with a runner-up individual finish at the VHSL Group AA state golf tournament Oct. 8-9 at the Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg.
Hildebrand earned the top finish among Loudoun golfers, narrowly missing first place overall by one stroke. Hildebrand, who finished seventh in last year’s state tournament, shot consistent rounds of 73 both days of the tournament to tie Cave Spring’s Drew Lagan (146) for second-place honors.
Blacksburg’s Ryan Monday garnered first-place accolades with a two-day total of 145. Monday bounced back after shooting 78 on day one with a sparkling round of 67 on the second day of competition. He was the only golfer to shoot under par (72) during the tournament.
Heritage senior Ryan Douglass, who won the 2012 Dulles District individual title, medaled with his eighth place tie. Douglass shot a two day score of 148. Teammate Ryan O’Sullivan finished 13th with a score of 150.
After finishing runners-up at the Region II tournament, Dominion struggled as a team amidst cold and wet weather at the state tourney. The Titans sat in last place among with eight teams that qualified following a day one total of 337.
Dominion - Dulles District season and tournament champions - shaved 26 strokes off its team score on day two to finish with a 648 total, good for seventh place overall. Erik Dulik paced the Titans, finishing in 11th place with scores of 76 and 73. Sam Stillwell, this year’s Region II champion and the 2011 state champion, shot a combined score of 154.
Salem High School placed first in the team competition with a two-day score of 597, besting runner-up Spotswood by 25 strokes.
Group AAA tournament
Stone Bridge senior Matt Ashley produced a two-day score of 153 as the lone Loudoun golfer to compete in the VHSL Group AAA state tournament Oct. 8-9 at Red Wing Golf Club in Virginia Beach.
Ashley shot 78 on the first day of competition and 75 on day two for his 153 total.
Mills Godwin High School won the AAA team title with an overall score of 592, while Lyberty Anderson of Manchester High School claimed individual honors with his 137 total.
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