Hanks, Galax claim MED golf championships

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 DRAPER –– Galax had three scores in the 70s and breezed to the Mountain Empire District golf championship, shooting a composite 311 Wednesday at Draper Valley Golf Club.


The Maroon Tide and Grayson County will advance as teams to Tuesday’s Region C tournament, set for Wytheville Country Club.

Galax’s Eddie Hanks and John Bryant finished regulation tied atop the leaderboard, each with a 2-over-par 76, and Hanks took the individual championship on the second playoff hole.

Matt Downey and Grayson County’s Tyler Rutherford finished tied for third at 78, the Blue Devils’ Tucker Phipps was alone at 79 and Brock Cox of Galax finished sixth at 81. Dustin Thompson rounded out Galax’s team scoring with an 82.

Jared Salts shot 90 and Lucas Rhudy turned in a 93 for Grayson County, which finished with a 340 as a team. Fort Chiswell was a distant third at 430.


at Draper Valley G.C.



Individual medalist – Eddie Hanks, Galax, 76 (on second playoff hole over John Bryant, Galax)


Galax(311) – Eddie Hanks 76, John Bryant 76, Matt Downey 78, Brock Cox 81.

Grayson County(340) – Tyler Rutherford 78, Tucker Phipps 79,  Jared Salts 90, Lucas Rhudy 93.

Fort Chiswell (430) – Matt Sweet 91, Willie Dalton 106, Josh Quesenberry 110, Jake Farmer 123.