Two golfers achieve success in state tournaments | Sports

Two talented young high school golfers on teams in areas covered by the Sun Gazette made a significant impact this spring in private school state tournaments.

* Oakcrest School sophomore golfer Amelia Cho won the recent 9-hole Championship Division of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Girls’ State Invitational Golf Tournament.

The tournament was played at Meadowbrook Country Club in Richmond.

Cho played the front nine and shot a 2 under 34, winning by many strokes.

“This season I haven’t played as well as I had hoped, but this event has made me much more confident in my game,” Cho said.

Oakcrest Golf Coach Rachel Collins added: “She was able to put up a fantastic score on a tough golf course, blindfolded.”

Later, at the VISAA Mixed 18-hole Individual and Team Championships at the same Meadowbrook course, Cho shot an 8 of 79 to finish seventh in Division II competition. The winning score was 70.

“Amelia is very stable for one lap,” Collins said. “Overall, she’s very good at balancing golf and studying.”

As a team in the Division II state competition, Oakcrest placed fifth out of six teams with a total of 364. The winning score was 329. Oakcrest was the only all-female team in the state tournament in one of three divisions.

Also for Oakcrest in the United States, Olivia Vigliante shot 84 to tie for 13th, Sofia DeChant finished 22nd with an 87, Grace Colangelo shot 114 for 37th, Brooke Crickenberger was 39th and SV Courtney was 40th.

During the regular season, the Oakcrest team finished undefeated with an 8-0 record.

Cho is a regular player on the American Junior Golf Association‘s annual tour, placing among the top in events in her age group. She is also the defending women’s club champion at Landsdowne Golf Club in Leesburg.

In 2021, Cho finished fourth in the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals Tournament, a national junior golf competition for girls and boys ages 7-15, at Augusta National Golf Club.

* Bishop O’Connell High School freshman Logan Reilly shot a 1-under 70, one-shot lead, to finish fourth in the Boys’ VISAA Division I Individual State Tournament at the Meadowbrook Country Club. The winning score was 69, with three players tied for first.

Playing in the first group of the tournament, Reilly shot a 1-for-37 over the front nine, then a 2-under 33 on the back. He birdied four of the last nine, including two of his last three holes. Only one other player in the Division I field has carded a 33 on the back nine.

Like Cho for Oakcrest, Reilly is also a regular player on the American Junior Golf Association tour, finishing second in a tournament in July with a total of 66-70-67-203. He finished sixth and 10th in other events.

Additionally, Reilly won a few tournaments in his 13-15 age group last summer on the Mid Atlantic Junior Golf Tour and finished second in another last November.