PENHOOK — Two weeks removed from carding his worst score of the season, Franklin County junior Cutter Harvey rallied on his home course Monday in the Class 6 Region A golf tournament.
Harvey, who is in his first year with the Eagles after moving to the county from Pennsylvania, fired a 1-under-par 71 at The Water’s Edge Country Club to earn an individual berth in the upcoming Class 6 state tournament.
Harvey was the only FCHS player who was able to extend his season; however, as the Eagles placed fourth in the eight-team tournament and failed to secure one of the two available team state-tournament berths.
FCHS carded one of its best 18-hole team totals of the season, a 315, but there were three squads which were better.
Top-seed Floyd Kellam counted four scores better than 80 as did Cosby, but the Knights had one score better than 70 and they were able to edge the Titans, 299-305, for top team accolades.
Both will represent Region A in the one-day, eight-team state tournament which will be played on Cosby’s home course, Magnolia Green near Richmond, on Monday.
James River-Midlothian (308) came in third and FCHS was fourth.
Placing fifth through eighth were Ocean Lakes (338), Western Branch (358), Grassfield (366) and Landstown (379).
Luis Park, a junior, carded a 4-under-par 68 for Kellam to claim individual championship laurels.
Park hit 16 greens in regulation. He played both sides of The Water’s Edge layout in 2-under.
Park birdied both of the par 5s (Nos. 1 and 5) on the front and made three birdies on the back — at hole Nos. 11 (a par 3), 14 (a par 4) and 15 (a par 3).
Park yielded only one stroke to the course; he made his lone bogey on the par 4 18th hole when his par putt hung on the lip of the cup, but refused to fall.
Harvey was two weeks removed from carding a non-counting 84 in the Blue Ridge District tournament, played at the Botetourt Golf and Swim Club in Troutville.
FCHS posted its best 18-hole team total that day to force a playoff with Lord Botetourt for the championship. Harvey was not one of the four golfers who competed for the Eagles in the playoff which lasted one hole.
“Districts, that was bad. The course wasn’t great. My game was not on that day. My putting was terrible. I recently got a putting lesson and that’s definitely helped a lot,’’ Harvey said.
“An 84 for Cutter (at districts) was a fluke for him,’’ first-year FCHS head coach Michael Rogers said. “He hadn’t done that all year. “I knew that he’d have a much better day (at The Water’s Edge). He’s played here a lot. He knows the course better than any of us. A 71 is a really good score here.’’
Harvey righted himself on his home course. He and his family live at The Water’s Edge.
Harvey was 1-over par through eight holes before making his first birdie of the round on the par 4 ninth hole make the turn even.
A birdie on No. 11 moved Harvey to 1-under.
“I stuck one real close and made the birdie,’’ Harvey said. “Then,I made a few really good par saves.’’
At 14, a third birdie put Harvey at 2-under-par, but he lost strokes with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16. A fourth birdie, this one on the par 5 17th left him at 1-under. He finished with a par on 18.
Park played one group ahead of Harvey, a foursome that included FCHS senior Timmy Massey.
“I had no idea what (Park) was shooting. We were pretty close to his group, but I didn’t really pay attention,’’Harvey said.
Harvey moved to the county last December and he became a member of the club in June. One of the first competitive rounds he played at The Water’s Edge was the opening round of the Andrew Haley Memorial-Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Junior Open.
“I didn’t have a lot of experience with the course then. I didn’t play that well in the Haley,’’ Harvey said.
“I had a lot of confidence coming into day. My game is probably the best that it’s ever been right now,’’ Harvey said.
Harvey, Duncan Andres (73) of James River-Midlothian and Silas Fox (75) of Ocean Lakes earned the three individual state tournament qualifying berths.
FCHS counted an 80 from Massey and 82s from Brayden Walmsley, a junior, and Evan Hahn, a senior.
Scores shot by Rylee Layman (86) and Luke Pasley (91) did not factor into the Eagles’ total and Sam Fansler (84) competed as an individual.
Also posting counting scores for Kellam were Jack Burbee (74), Matthew Tiggert (78) and Reagan Wcisel (79).
Kellam won a state championship in 2010 in the old Group AAA classification. The Knights were fifth last year and finished third when The Waterfront hosted the Group AAA state tournament.
Seventeen players broke 80.
“A 315 wasn’t a bad score, but I thought we could be a little bit better,’’ Rogers said.
“I tell the guys that you don’t ever know what the number has got to be, you just have to shoot the best that you can. If someone else shoots better, hats off to them,’’ Rogers said.