CHESTERFIELD – Franklin County’s 2019 golf season continues Monday with the Eagles embarking on a true road trip.
The Eagles are competing in the Lake Chesdin High School Invitational, now in its eighth year.
The Eagles, who are playing in the tournament for the sixth straight year, won the team title in 2016, placed fourth twice (2015, 2017) and fifth twice (2014, 2018).
Headlining the field is four-time reigning Class 5 state champion Deep Run, which seeks its third consecutive win in the tournament.
Deep Run captured last year’s title by 19 strokes, posting a 295 total.
Also in the field are six teams that are a season removed from state tournament appearances: Cosby and James River-Midlothian in Class 6, Douglas Freeman in Class 5, Midlothian and Monacan in Class 4 and Maggie Walker in Class 2.
Host Manchester, Clover Hill, Mills Godwin, Matoaca and Powhatan round out the field.
Noted individual performers in the field are Zach Valdes of Manchester, Brian Polinchock of Cosby, Charlie Kennedy of Mills Godwin and Quint Dingledine of Monacan.
Kennedy earned Class 5 All-State laurels a year ago.
FCHS features four players who competed in last year’s event: Timmy Massey, Luke Pasley, Evan Hahn and Brayden Walmsley. Of the quartet Massey (81) and Pasley (86) turned in counting scores.
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Massey and Samir Davidov of Lord Botetourt shared the first-round lead after Wednesday’s play in the Bob McLelland Metro Invitational at Blue Hills Golf Club in Roanoke.
The second round was contested at Blacksburg County Club Thursday. Results were not available at press time.
An FCHS golfer has won this tournament five times, all since 1998: Matt Chandler 1998, 1999), Neal Hunt (2001, 2002) and Luke Hoffman (2006).
Lord Botetourt, which counted four scores in the 70s, led Blacksburg, which posted five scores in the 70s, in the chase for the team championship by one stroke, 297-298.
Lord Botetourt seeks its first title since winning back-to-back crowns in 1990 and 1991.
FCHS was third at 322, followed by Hidden Valley (326), Salem (328), Patrick Henry (335), William Byrd (338), Cave Spring (339), James River-Buchanan (379), Staunton River (385), Northside (437) and William Fleming (no team score).
Lord Botetourt and FCHS are first-year rivals in the Blue Ridge District. Northside, William Byrd, Staunton River and William Fleming also compete in the league.
Cutter Harvey, a first-year junior for the Eagles, shot a 74 and FCHS also counted and 87 by Brayden Walmsley and a 90 by Evan Hahn. Luke Pasley’s 91 didn’t factor into FCHS’s score.
Fourteen golfers broke 80 Wednesday.