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Carroll County entered its final Southwest District golf match of the regular season in search of its first win as the district’s unique mini-tour hit the homestretch this week.
The SWD gets its regular season championship drama over with in a hurry and will have its six-match district schedule over with by yesterday, including a stretch of five matches in nine days. SWD teams then move on to nondistrict matches until reconvening Sept. 28 for the district tournament.
Marion took an early lead in the district standings with the team win Aug. 3 at Grundy’s home course, topping second-place Richlands 311-317. Jimmy Bower of Richlands was the individual medalist with a 74, two strokes ahead of runner-up Kris Goad of Hillsville. Graham was third in the team results with a 320, followed by Abingdon (357), Carroll County (361), Grundy (384) and Tazewell (427).
Halyard Burton turned in an 87 for the Cavaliers.
Holston Hills C.C.
Goad topped the field in the individual standings and Marion took full advantage of its turn to host as the Scarlet Hurricane recorded a four-man total of 297 for its second win in as many matches.
Goad shot a 4-under-par 68, leading three golfers at par or better. Branson Bowman of Marion was second at 2-under par, and Graham’s Ben Taylor was third with a 72.
Graham edged Richlands by a shot for second place in the team standings with a 310. Abingdon was fourth at 339, followed by Carroll County (353), Grundy (356) and Tazewell (364).
Blue Ridge C.C.
Goad finished among the top two for the third straight match as the tour headed into Cavalier territory on Aug. 11. Abingdon No. 4 man Caleb Roark took medalist honors with a 70, four shots ahead of Goad and Branson Bowman of Marion.
The Cavaliers weren’t able to take advantage of their home course and finished seventh on the day with a 361. Graham picked up the team win with a 301, topping Marion by nine shots. Richlands carded a 313, followed by Abingdon (324), Tazewell (331), Grundy (355) and Carroll.
Goad picked up his third runner-up finish and his fourth top-two showing as the district headed to Abingdon’s home course last Thursday. Goad’s 78 tied with Bowman as the two were one stroke behind the 77 turned in by medalist Ben Taylor of Graham.
Graham also grabbed the team win with a 318, holding off Marion’s 326. Richlands took third with a 334 and Abingdon was fourth at 347. Carroll County (369), Tazewell (374) and Grundy (378) rounded out the field.
Carroll County placed sixth Monday at Fincastle C.C. No other details were available.