NR golf takes third

Published 4:14 pm Saturday, September 26, 2015

Nansemond River High School’s golf team had a disappointing showing at the Conference 10 tournament on Thursday and Friday at The Hamptons golf course in Hampton, but three Warriors qualified individually to continue to regionals.

“We shot pretty much our two worst scores of the season, so go figure,” NR coach Brandon Frye said.

His team shot a two-day score of 720 to finish third behind first place Gloucester High School and runner-up Warwick High School.

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The Warriors were hindered significantly on Thursday when senior Ryan Fischer and sophomore Isiah Marquez were disqualified for accidentally marking their scores incorrectly.

“We really lost some 30-odd strokes the first day because of DQs,” Frye said.

It added up to Nansemond River’s worst score of the year—376. The Warriors shot a 344 on Friday, their second-worst score, which Frye attributed to poor play.

“The weather wasn’t the best either,” he said. “It was windy, but everybody had to play in it.”

NR seniors Brian Russell and Andrew Halmrast and sophomore Jack Wolfe made the regional cut.

Halmrast finished third overall individually, shooting an 82 on Thursday and an 81 on Friday for a two-day score of 163.

Despite the disappointment Halmrast and everyone else on the team felt, “He kept playing, he kept his head in it, and he hit some really good shots,” Frye said.

Russell and Wolfe were in lockstep on their scores, shooting 94s on Thursday and 87s on Friday.

The Warriors came just two strokes short of tying Warwick for second place.

Nansemond River went 6-4 during the regular season, which left Frye pleased.

“It was pretty much what I predicted going into the season, and I think all of our players are averaging better than they did last year,” he said. “I’d say that’s a success.”

The two-round regional tournament is set for Oct. 5 and 6 at The Hamptons golf course.