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Holston takes third straight Region 1D golf crown, but Castlewood, TW players advance to state

Kevin Mays • Oct 3, 2019 at 10:56 PM

TAZEWELL — Holston did it again.

For the third year in a row, the Cavaliers did enough to win the Region 1D golf championship.

Holston, led by medalist Mason Steele’s 80, carded a 355 at Tazewell County Country Club to outdistance fellow Hogoheegee District member Chilhowie.

The medalist honor was also the second straight best Region 1D score registered by Steele.

The senior said players had to adjust their style on each hole because of the greens.

“Some of the greens were soft and were hard, so you had to judge which one was going to do what. All in all, it was a pretty good day,” said Steele. “I hit the ball pretty good, putted good and chipped good.”

Being a senior, Steele said he wanted to make sure he and his teammates gave their best efforts in the regional tournament.

“I just told my guys this is my last year and I’m going to go all out and see if I can’t win it again,” said Steele.

OFF TO STATE

With the win, Steele and his teammates advance to the VHSL Class 1 state championships scheduled for Oct. 15 at the River Course of Virginia Tech in Radford.

“I’ve seen videos of it, but I’ve never played there,” Steele said. “I’ve heard it’s long and I can hit the ball pretty long, so maybe that will be good.”

Austin Berry shot an 86, while Dylan Thomson finished with a 92 and Brycen Richardson had a 97 to guide Holston to the regional crown.

Chilhowie, which finished with a 361, will also advance to the state tournament.

The Warriors got an 87 from Chase Coley and an 88 from Ben Elrod, while Noah Barr had a 91 and Dillon Powers scored a 95.

Castlewood got an 85 from Cumberland District medalist Abbie Bradley and an 86 from Coleman Cook to finish tied with Grundy, which got a team-leading 89 from Austin Deel. Both squads finished with a team score of 381.

Thomas Walker’s Cameron Grabeel shot an 87 to lead the Pioneers, who finished with a 421, while Honaker, led by Evan Justus’ 120, rounded out the teams with a 499.

INDIVIDUALS ADVANCE

While the Hogoheegee District dominated team play in the regional tournament, three Cumberland District golfers earned the region’s top three individual spots to advance to the state tournament.

Castlewood’s Bradley and Cook and Thomas Walker’s Grabeel all earned the region’s individual spots in the tournament.

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