River, Lakeland start with golf wins

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Nansemond River and Lakeland teed off the 2005 golf season with victories over Southeastern District foes Monday afternoon at Sleepy Hole Golf Course

Following quite closely in the steps of his older brother Greg, Warrior sophomore Rashad Hunt put up a 3-under par 69 up be medalist during River’s 339-410 win over Deep Creek.

Hunt’s first reaction: &uot;It was alright.&uot;

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Greg set the Sleepy Hole high school match record during his senior year at River with a 68.

So a simple case of sibling rivalry kept Rashad from being overly proud about his impressive round.

Hunt blitzed the front nine, making the turn with a 33, including a textbook birdie on the par-four 9th hole.

Textbook that is, if leaving a 60-yard wedge into a 370-yard hole is &uot;textbook.&uot; Hunt’s wedge left a 10-foot putt, which he made for the birdie.

After three consecutive pars to start the back nine, Hunt birdied the par-five 13th with a smooth up-and-down from a bunker short of the green.

The bunker shot left Hunt an eight-foot putt, which he calmly sank.

Hunt got to 5-under with two holes left, but bogies on 17 and 18 took him one stroke off big brother’s mark.

&uot;I was just trying to come in with pars,&uot; said Hunt, &uot;I was trying to beat my brother’s course record because that’s 4-under par.&uot;

Teammate and playing partner Nolan Butler also finished in red numbers, shooting 35-36 for a 1-under 71.

Lakeland had a well-balanced set of scores for an equally impressive 332-407 margin over Oscar Smith.

Nick Howell led the Cavaliers and was match medalist with a 75.

Augie Camacho’s 77, Charles Sari’s 89, and Ryan West’s 91, also helped the Cavalier team on the afternoon.

Both Nansemond River and Lakeland get a taste of European links style golf today at Cahoon Plantation as the Warriors meet King’s Fork and the Cavaliers take on Great Bridge.