CHS thrives on the links

Published 9:16 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It has been a great year on the golf course for Central High School.

The varsity Chargers squad entered this week with a 17-4 overall record, holding second place in the James River District as their only losses have come to district foe Randolph-Henry High School (R-H).

“It’s been a good year,” Central Head Coach Richard McDaniel said.

He expects the Chargers will probably finish second in the district match and is optimistic about what they can do at the regional level.

“I don’t know a lot about the other teams in the region, but we’ve got a chance to finish top two or three in the region, I hope,” he said.

The Virginia High School League’s realignment hasa shaken up the field of opponents in the regional tournament.

“We’re going to see some teams that we haven’t even seen all year or even in past years, so that’s why it’s hard to tell,” McDaniel said.

Every member of Central’s team has contributed to its success this year.

“Each tournament, I let them play in the order they finished in the previous tournament, and I think almost everybody has played in the No. 1 spot at some point,” the coach said. “… Everybody’s score has counted, so fairly even across the board, I would say. Their averages are probably within four or five strokes of each other.”

In Thursday’s match at Briery Country Club, Central placed second with a 172, topping Prince Edward County High School’s 219 while falling to R-H’s 154.

For Central, Joseph McDaniel hit a 40, Cary Parrish hit a 42, Cole Williams hit a 43, Thomas McDaniel hit a 47, Mason Elliott hit a 49 and Noah Dunbar hit a 50.