After the final round of the 2018 season, the strokes were tallied and Jamestown High’s boys beat out seven other teams to win the class 4 Virginia State Golf Championship.
Led by strong performances from Jack DeVore, Mason Eggleston and Bobby Dudeck, the Eagles captured the state title Tuesday at the Williamsburg National Golf Club in James City County.
The Eagles best four golfers racked up 291 strokes to Blacksburg’s 299.
DeVore and Eggleston each shot 1-under-par 71.
But the best golfer of the day was Hayden Miller of Heritage of Lynchburg. He shot a 3-under 69 on the course.
Jamestown coach Doug Meredith said he was very proud of his team Tuesday.
“It starts with the talent and the quality of these kids that come to play,” Meredith said. “I just get out of their way. It was our best day of the year.”
The Williamsburg National course is the Jamestown Eagle’s home turf, Meredith said.
While Warhill’s team finished last of the eight teams at the championship, head coach Edgar Randall said he was elated that the team made it to the championship at all.
“Coming into the season, we never had the wildest dreams we'd make it to the state championship,” Randall said. “We soaked up the experience today, and enjoyed it because you don't make it to the state championship every year.”
Randall said the Lions’ young team used the competition as a learning experience for next year.
After a double bogey on the first hole of the day, Miller, 17 of Lynchburg, said he was able to work his mind toward the game to finish at 3-under.
For Dudeck, son of a Virginia Gazette advertising sales representative Bob Dudeck, the day was not without disappointment. He felt he could have played a bit better, he said.
Dudeck, 16, said he has played golf since he was 6 years old.
On the Jamestown Course Tuesday, he said he got too comfortable after playing the first nine holes at 1-under.
“My swing was good off the tee, and I got a little bit comfortable for one shot,” Dudeck said. “I hit one bad shot and that cost me two strokes. I was making a ton of pars until that hole.”
On the back nine, Dudeck said he shot two birdies, a double bogey on the 13th hole and a bogey, leaving him at par on the course.
“When you make a bad shot, you have to shake it off,” Dudeck said.
Even as the season ends, Dudeck said he looks forward to playing with his friends on the Jamestown team next season.
1. Jamestown 291, 2. Blacksburg 299, 3. Riverside 305, 4. Heritage of Lynchburg 308, 5. Midlothian 317, 6. Jefferson Forest 322, 7. Monacan 323, 8. Warhill 368.
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