Wakefield golfer third in the state; Yorktown sixth team | Sports

Once the ‘switch’ was activated, Esteban Knorr’s play improved dramatically as the Wakefield Warriors senior fired back with heaps of birdies to shoot a under-3 69 and tie for third in the tournament. state golf course.

The Virginia High School League, Class A, 18-hole, one-day competition was held on October 12 at par-72 Williamsburg National Golf Club. The winning score was an under 65 shot from Fairfax High School’s Josh Duangmanee.

The round didn’t start well for Knorr. He did two bogeys on the first five holes. At this point, Knorr’s play was more of the same as a day earlier on a practice round.

He said he was playing so poorly at the time that he almost left the course after completing nine holes.

“I wanted to stop,” Knorr said. “I wasn’t hitting the ball well and I didn’t trust myself.”

When the game started for real and after those first two bogeys, that’s when Knorr said something had happened and the “switch continued”. He birdied five, with just one bogey, over the last 13 holes to get the 35-34-69, tying his lowest high school career score in a postseason tournament.

“I had a few birdies, and missed a few other achievable birdie putts and made a No. 10 bogey, or I could have gone lower,” Knorr said. “In golf you take it for what it is.”

Knorr said tinkering the day before with changing the grip on his putter to a tennis-style grip might have helped his putting during the round.

Knorr recorded the lowest score of any Arlington golfer in the state tournament. The Yorktown Patriots were sixth (307 overall) in the team competition, led by a 73 from individual junior state champion and former Benjamin Newfield and a 75 from Trevor McAndrews.

For Knorr, third place capped a high school career that has brought significant playoff success this season and last. He placed sixth in this fall’s 6D North Region tournament with a total of 76-70-146 and third in the Liberty District tournament at 71-75-146.

As a junior, Knorr was fourth in the state with a 70, sixth in the region with a 76 and won the National District in a sudden death playoff with a 69 in regulation.

For the future, Knorr is striving to play golf in college.

The Patriots entered the state as a region runner-up and hoped for a better result, collectively wanting to play their best lap of the season. The Patriots played in the state for the first time since 1995.

“We ticked that box to get here, but the players were disappointed and disappointed that they couldn’t do better,” Yorktown coach Chris Williams said. “Overall we didn’t play well and we didn’t put everything in place. We will have four best returns next year. They have the experience of being here and now know what it does. So I told them next year, let’s go first or second.

Yorktown has amassed team scores of 303, 302, 296 and 296 in its previous two playoff tournaments this season.

Rowan Foose shot 79 for Yorktown, Charlie Lamb and Tony Newell each shot 80 and Aidan Langley 84 at the State Tournament.

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