The William Byrd golfers had their best finish among the three Blue Ridge District mini-matches to date when the Terriers finished second at the Botetourt Golf & Swim Club Tuesday. Byrd shot a 321 as Franklin County regained the season lead with a 306.
Lord Botetourt had held a six stroke lead after two rounds and the Cavaliers figured to up their advantage on their home course, but standout Ashton Harper did not play and Botetourt ballooned to a fourth place finish with 339. Harper had been medalist in each of the first two matches with scores under par.
Tuesday at the BG&SC Northside’s Nick Crawford was the medalist with a 73. Byrd’s Clayton Gilmore tied for second on the day with a 76. Three Franklin County players also shot 76, San Fansler, Wes Hill and Nick Messenger, as the Eagles took over the district lead, 942 to 969. Byrd remained third at 994 followed by Northside at 1006. The Vikings shot 322 at Botetourt, the second match in a row they finished one stroke behind Byrd in the team scoring.
After Gilmore, Byrd’s best score was a 79 by Evan Mullen and Andrew Kiker was next at 80. Nathan Carter rounded out the four counting scores with an 86.
“I am very proud of our guys for the hard work they have put in so far this season and all the challenges that they have overcome,” said Byrd coach Tyler Goodman.
Byrd will next tee it up at Hanging Rock next Tuesday, August 30.