Warriors have positive first week

Published 11:22 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Warriors golf team had a strong first week of regular season golf play.

Golf has officially gotten under way in South Hampton Roads, and Nansemond River High School is excited about a season that will feature a lot of young players playing for their first time.

Nansemond River opened up the season with three matches last week and came out of the week 2-1. Coach Brandon Frye was happy with the way his team competed.

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“We had a very successful week,” he said. “I had a goal for the team, and really they have already surpassed that goal. So that was pretty good to see from them. I was happy with what I saw.”

Having such an inexperienced team can come with a bunch of issues. Players may deal with nerves and other things that they may never have experienced before. However, Frye was impressed with the way his team approached each match the first week. It could have been easy for the new golfers to be erratic or nervous, but Frye saw a team that was focused and wanted to go out there and do its best.

“I think that was the most impressive thing,” Frye said about his team dealing with nerves. “They handled it pretty well. They were starting out, and it was their first week, and they came out OK. The team as a whole surpassed my expectations with what we wanted to achieve in the first week.”

Nansemond River took on Deep Creek High School in its first match of the season and grabbed a 404-418 win. Ayden Stuffle was the medalist with a score of 93.

In their next match, the Warriors defeated Landstown High School 394-396, with Stuffle medaling again with a score of 88. The Warriors fell to Grassfield High School, but overall Frye was satisfied with the team’s play.

“We played well in those first two matches,” he said. “We didn’t play as well as I’d hoped in our third match, but still I was overall pleased with the first week. The goal I set for them for the whole season they surpassed in the first week, so I have to come up with some more challenges for them.”

Nansemond River has two matches this week, the first against Oscar Smith High School and the second against rival Lakeland High School.