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Tide’s bid to repeat in Group A golf falls short

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Galax cut 10 strokes off of its first-day score but it wasn’t enough to overcome Giles.

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MIDLOTHIAN -- Galax put forth great effort in trying to defend its 2008 Group A golf championship but fell just short at Independence Golf Club on Tuesday. The Maroon Tide shot a second-round 313 to put the pressure on Giles, but the Spartans held on for their first team championship since 2002 with a score of 622, followed by Galax (636) in second and Chatham (643) in third. Radford High School sophomore Zeke Shaffer won the individual championship with a two-day score of 1-under 143, five strokes ahead of James River freshman Korey Watts, who finished in second place. As for Galax, though the team didn’t come out on top, coach Terry Snow was proud of the effort. “We did much better today,” he said. “We were just nervous and tense yesterday. “We could have done better today ... if we had a few putts to go in. We could have done better but we made a big improvement so I’m happy with that.” Giles shot a 314 on Monday to take a nine-stoke lead into Tuesday. And while Galax improved upon Monday’s 323, Giles shot a 308 in the second round to claim the title. “This is a tough golf course, a very tough golf course,” Giles coach W.R. Johnston said. “I was really, really proud of our guys to be able to shoot that here.” The defending champion Maroon Tide players were disappointed with the way things worked out. “[Before] the first day, everybody kinda thought we already won, so we kinda thought we’d just get here and shoot whatever and still win,” said Galax’s Brock Cox, who finished seventh in the individual standings. “Turned out that wasn’t the case. We had to play our game and we didn’t.” Galax senior Kyle Schaeffer had to agree. “We definitely thought that we could win — this morning, leaving yesterday, that’s all we talked about,” he said. “All we had to do is play a little bit better. Giles played better than us.” Rounding out the top 5 individually, Wes Fletcher of Virginia High took third place after beating Chilhowie’s Conner Hayden in a playoff. Both had compiled a two-round total of 150. Giles’ Tanner Carbaugh was fifth with a 151 as Region C dominated, finishing 1-2 in the team standings and posting eight of the top nine individual scores. Grayson County’s Tyler Rutherford placed 12th overall and Schaeffer was 15th. Galax’s Matt Downey and John Bryant were 18th and 19th, respectively.   Group A state golf tournament at Independence Golf Club, Midlothian Par 72, 6,677 yards   Team scores Giles 314-308—622, Galax 323-313—636, Chatham 325-318—643, Appomattox 334-318—652, Powell Valley 333-327—660, Gate City 353-344—697, Lancaster 351-352—703, Rappahannock 362-358—720.   Individual results Zeke Shaffer, Radford73-70—143 Korey Watts, James River73-75—148 x-Wes Fletcher, Virginia High76-74—150 Conner Hayden, Chilhowie78-72—150 Tanner Carbaugh, Giles77-74—151 Scott Obenshain, Glenvar74-79—153 Trevor Myers, Giles79-74—153 Brock Cox, Galax80-74—154 Michael Carbaugh, Giles79-78—157 Jacob Hardy, Chatham80-78—158 Stanley Shelton, Chatham79-79—158 Tyler Rutherford, Grayson Co.82-76—158 Patrick Mayberry, Appomattox83-76—159 Andrew Arnold, Chatham80-80—160 Kyle Schaeffer, Galax81-79—160 Caleb Tilley, Giles79-82—161 Tre Mullins, Powell Valley81-80—161 Matt Downey, Galax79-82—161 John Bryant, Galax83-79—162 Nathan Ballenberger, Lebanon80-82—162 Robert Crowther, Lancaster80-82—162 Tyler Carrico, Appomattox84-79—163 Derek Allen, Castlewood85-79—164 Tyler Mullins, Appomattox83-81—164 Eddie Hanks, Galax84-81—165 Stuart Sheffield, West Point80-85—165 Jake Huff, Powell Valley82-83—165 Luke Humphries, Riverheads82-84—166 Nick Coates, Gate City84-82—166 Jake Perkins, Appomattox84-82—166 Alex Fry, Bath County82-85—167 Justin Bullis, Essex87-81—168 Daniel Fawbush, Powell Valley82-86—168 Landon Francisco, Rand-Henry86-82—168 Daniel Adams, Randolph-Henry81-87—168 Leighton Bennett, Altavista83-86—169 Eric Moore, Appomattox86-83—169 Ryan Parker, Northumberland87-82—169 Jesse Wells, Chatham88-81—169 Kelly Sumner, Northumberland86-83—169 Dylan Dunn, Rappahannock81-89—170 Colton Hayden, Lancaster89-82—171 Alan Audia, Lee82-90—172 Caleb Dockery, Gate City90-82—172 Ryan Baughan, Essex93-79—172 Jake Black, Randolph-Henry84-88—172 Zach Dean, Virginia High85-89—174 Todd Galyean, Powell Valley91-83—174 Rachel Nicholson, Chatham86-88—174 Colby Addington, Powell Valley93-81—174 Camden Shelton, Chatham90-84—174 Patrick Franklin, Appomattox87-88—175 Dustin Thompson, Galax88-88—176 Chad Robertson, Giles92-85—177 Luke Holcomb, Powell Valley88-89—177 Tyler Meredith, Giles90-88—178 Zach Ramey, Clarke County89-89—178 William Johns, Rappahannock92-86—178 Logan Nonnemacker, Lancaster90-95—185 Kenny Dodson, Rappahannock95-90—185 Luke Baker, Gate City95-90—185 Tensley Clowser, Lancaster92-93—185 Joey Gordon, Rappahannock94-93—187 Austin Palmer, Gate City100-90—190 Dylan Longest, King William98-100—198 Andrea Walker, Rappahannock103-97—200 Megan Mayer, Lancaster99-102—201 Seth Campbell, Twin Springs106-98—204 Skyler Reed, Gate City108-96—204 Marcus Mondy, Lancaster99-110—209 Clint Lowe, Gate City84-DNP Nathan McConnell, Gate CityDNP-95 John Hoover, Rappahannock107-DNP Caleb Gallagher, RappahannockDNP-122 x-won third-place playoff