Blacksburg claims McLelland Metro title, Franklin County places third

Photo by STEVEN MARSH

Franklin County junior Cutter Harvey contemplates an upcoming shot during first-round play in the Bob McLelland Metro Invitational Wednesday at Blue Hills Golf Club. Harvey placed second in the two-day, 36-hole stroke-play event, one stroke off the pace.

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BLACKSBURG — Blacksburg’s Bruins erased a one-shot deficit on its home course Thursday to capture top team laurels in the Bob McLelland Metro Invitational.

The Bruins carded a 301 total at Blacksburg Country Club to defeat Lord Botetourt, the tournament’s first-round leader by seven shots, 599-606.

Two of the Bruins’ players, Melissa Meng and David Zhang, placed among the top-five finishers and substitute Sean Ruan shot a round-best 73.

Blacksburg, last year’s Class 4 state runner-up, has won both tournaments it has entered this season. Its Metro title is its second in row, its third in the last four years and its seventh overall, all since 2005.

Franklin County, under the direction of first-year head coach Michael Rogers, finished third with a 645 total. Hidden Valley (656) and Salem (676) came in fourth and fifth.

Lord Botetourt’s Samir Davidov (71-74) edged FCHS’s Cutter Harvey (74-72) by one stroke, 145-146.

Harvey, a junior, was competing in his first tournament for the Eagles; he is a transfer from a school in Pennsylvania.

Davidov and FCHS senior Timmy Massey were tied for the lead after both posted 71s Wednesday at Blue Hills Golf Club in Roanoke.

Massey fired a 79 Thursday to finish fifth at 150.

Also competing for the Eagles were Evan Hahn (90-81, 171), Brayden Walmsley (87-91, 178) and Luke Pasley (91-98, 189).

Thirteen golfers broke 80 Thursday.

Bryce Corkery of William Byrd, who claimed top individual laurels as a sophomore in 2017, turned in a 154 (80-74).

The Terriers (684) placed sixth, followed by Patrick Henry (686), Cave Spring (691), James River-Buchanan (782) and Staunton River (789).

Northside and William Fleming did not field complete, four-player teams, thus neither posted a team total.

Peyton Spangler (78-79, 157), the Vikings’ top performer, did turn in two rounds in the 70s.

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