Freshman Griffin Clark’s 75 took medalist honors in the 2009 Central Region Golf Tournament, held at Meadowbrook Country Club last Tuesday. Clark will lead the Knights into the Central Region Tournament, where he will be one of a handful of players favored to earn medalist honors. The only freshman on the senior-laden team, Clark is the son of Petersburg CC Head
Professional Kenny Clark. Although he has had a golf club in his hands from the time he could stand, Griffin has only seriously played the game for two years. “I have had very little tournament experience until this year. This summer’s Honda Tour really helped me prepare for the high school season,” says Clark. He also enjoys basketball and will be trying out for Dale’s JV squad next month.
Another important cog in the Knights’ machine was Buddy Donnelly. Thomas Dale’s number-five golfer has proven to be a thorn in the Warriors’ side each of the last two weeks. In the regular season finale against Matoaca, Buddy fired a one under par 34 to seal the Knights’ victory. This week, his 78 was good for a third-place finish and helped seal the deal for the regular season champions. “I couldn’t let you beat us,” chided Donnelly to this reporter.
Tyler Hancock continued his consistent ways in leading Matoaca to its third straight runner-up finish in the district tournament. His 77 was good for the tournament’s silver medal. Matoaca’s Michael Romig and Dinwiddie’s Viviana Perez were the only other players to break 80 on the cool, blustery day. They each carded 79.