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Rams win county golf championship

Posted 2018-09-13 By Larry Beazley

    Strasburg has won the Shenandoah County High School Golf Championship, and Central’s Sam Shifflett is the county’s golfer of the year.

    The Rams won the title a week ago at the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club at Front Royal. Shifflett shot a 78, six over par on the course, the lowest score posted in the tournament.

    Excessive heat forced tournament organizers to start play at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than planned.

    Shifflett said he was “a little shaky on the back nine,” which was  played first, shooting 43, but “final nine my putter came alive,” and scored a 35 for a final of 78.  Said Shifflett: “Toward the end the heat was brutal.”

    Team scores were Strasburg 338, Central 357 and Stonewall Jackson 415.Other Rams scores were Satchel Roller 92 and James Burr 98.

    Central scores were: Michael French 94, Allen Pence 100, Jacob Walters 104 and Ben Ritnour 108.

    Stonewall Jackson, led by Alan Arnesen with a 95, followed by Tucker Dorman 104, Henry Bull 105, Daniel Gaete 111 and Corey Jackson 118.

    Strasburg head coach Joel Morgan said some players at mid-season “are getting a little tired of the grind, but will be alright when the regions come around.”

    Morgan says the team goal is to reach state.

    Stonewall coach Steve Burkholder, whose team had just five golfers and had played an 18-hold match the day before, said “it was a little too much to ask of them.”    

    Assessing the Falcons, Central assistant coach Jacob Allwine said, “one through three we are pretty solid. I’m really excited to see what the next month or so brings.”

    Strasburg’s Thomas described his score of 83 as  “about normal,” while Austin Stickles, the Rams No. 1, “I’m a little disappointed, but am looking forward to state.”  Seth Stickley who shot 85, said “the heat was rough but my game has been consistent.”

    Stonewall Jackson top scorer Alan Arnesen also said the heat was rough, adding, “I want to be more consistent, but I have more work to do to get back to state.”