Corkery wins Metro golf with 2nd day round of 69

John Catron of Byrd blasts his way out of the sand at the Metro.
Byrd’s Bryce Corkery tees off at Blue Hills last week on his way to a two-under 69.

William Byrd sophomore Bryce Corkery scorched the Blue Hills course to come from behind and win the Bob McLelland Metro Golf Tournament Individual championship last week. The Terriers finished eighth as a team among 13 local schools participating.

The two-day tourney opened with a round at the Hunting Hills Country Club on Wednesday of last week. Blacksburg’s Ben Carroll led after 18 holes with a 71 on a difficult Hunting Hills course. Ross Funderburke of Hidden Valley was second at 73 and Corkery was tied with Salem’s Brian Hutton for fourth place at 74.

On Thursday at Blue Hills, Byrd’s home course, it was all Corkery. Bryce had four birdies and 12 pars as he shot a two-under-par 69. His two round total of 143 beat second place Funderburke, who shot 72 at Blue Hills to finish at 145. The early leader, Carroll, shot 76 on the second day to finish third at 147.

“Bryce’s ball striking and accuracy was great,” said Byrd coach Scott Whitehead. “He hit a lot of fairways and greens. He was incredible and steady all day.”

Teamwise, Hidden Valley won the tournament with a two-day score of 604, just one stroke better than Blacksburg. Hidden Valley led 308-310 after one round. The Bruins shaved one stroke off the margin at Blue Hills with a 295 to Hidden Valley’s 296 as the Titans held on to win the team trophy.

Byrd shot 362 at Hunting Hills, then regrouped for a 330 at Blue Hills. Gavin Mullen was Byrd’s next best with 88 and 83 for 171. Beem Sareekum had 92 and 87 for 179, Mason Stanley finished at 199 with 108 and 91 and John Catron carded 116 and 100 for 216.

The Terriers were back in action Monday with a Blue Ridge District match at the Hanging Rock Golf Club in West Roanoke County. Corkery maintained his overall district lead after three rounds with a 77, but Nick Underwood of Northside was the medalist at 75. Botetourt’s Brett Pennington held on to second place in the BRD season standings but lost some ground to Corkery as he shot an 82.

LB won the round for the third straight time in district play, but by just one stroke over Staunton River, 332 to 333. Host Northside was third with 337, Byrd had 353 and William Fleming finished at 443.

Individually, Mullen was Byrd’s next best with an 88 while Grayson Nunley had 90. John Catron rounded out the scoring with a 98.

Byrd is now fourth in the team standings, five strokes behind fourth place Northside, with two rounds to go. The Blue Ridge golfers will be at Westlake today, hosted by Staunton River, and next Tuesday the Terriers will host the final regular season round at Blue Hills.

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