Region 2B golf tournament will have Shenandoah County flavor

The VHSL’s Region 2B golf tournament will feature a heavy dose of Shenandoah County high school athletes.

Strasburg High School earned the week’s biggest headline by nabbing the Bull Run district tournament title on Monday at Bryce Resort, shooting a 332 as a team and beating out a talented Clarke County team by only four strokes.

The Rams were paced by Austin Stickles, who only recently returned from an extended absence due to a knee injury. Stickles shot a team-best mark of 80.

Strasburg also got strong performances out of James Burr (81), Seth Stickley (85) and Jack Burr (86) to help fend off the Eagles.

Strasburg will join rival Central at the Region 2B tournament, which will be held in Harrisonburg at Heritage Oaks golf course on Monday. Central shot a 342 at Bryce on Monday, finishing third. But the Falcons had already qualified for the regional as a team by winning the regular season district championship.

Luke Estep shot a team-best 81 for Central.

Both Central and Strasburg will share the course with a few outstanding competitors from Stonewall Jackson, too. The Generals, which played in their own district tournament on Monday against Shenandoah District schools, did not qualify as a team for the regional tournament. However, Both Nick Dotson and Yash Desai qualified for the regional tournament as individuals and will compete against their county peers from Central and Strasburg.

Dotson, who shot a 74 on Monday, won the Shenandoah District tournament. His teammate Desai finished in third with a score of 76.

Robert E. Lee won the team title at the Shenandoah District tournament. The Leemen will join regular season champion Wilson as the teams representing the Shenandoah District in the regional round.

The Shenandoah District plays its tournament at Heritage Oaks, the same site as the regional tournament, meaning Dotson and Yesai (alongside other Shenandoah golfers like Luray’s Brayden Burrill or Page County’s Lucas Cardin) may hold slight advantages over their Bull Run competitors this year.

The Region 2B tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Monday morning in Harrisonburg. Only one team, plus five individuals, advance to the Class 2 tournament.

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