SCRUGGS — Lynchburg’s Garnet Manley III, a rising senior at Class 4 Jefferson Forest, rallied from a five-shot, opening-round deficit by carding a 2-under-par 69 Tuesday at The Waterfront Country Club to win the boys 16-18 age division championship of the 29th annual Andrew Haley Memorial-Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Junior Open golf tournament.
Manley used the 69 to produce an eight-shot swing in the tournament’s premier division. He was the only player among the 17 golfers in the division who completed all 36 holes to shoot an under-par-score Tuesday.
Manley’s (75-69) 144 total was three strokes better than Evington’s Nick Rakes’ 147.
Rakes (70-77) fired a 2-under-par 70 Monday at The Water’s Edge Country Club in Penhook to craft a five-shot lead after the opening round.
Rakes, a rising senior at Class 3 Rustburg, is a year removed from winning the championship in the boys 14-15 division. He was making is debut in the tournament’s featured class.
Tuesday, Manley carded a 1-over-par 36 on the front side after posting one birdie — on the par 4 fifth hole — two bogeys — on the par 3 fourth hole and the par 4 seventh — and six pars.
Manley stayed at plus 1 until the 14th when he carded his second birdie of the round. He made par at the 15th, then he tallied back-to-back birdies on the par 4 16th and the par 3 17th. He finished his round with a par.
For the round, Manley made four birdies, 12 pars and two bogeys. For the tournament, he was plus 1 on the par 3 holes and even on the par 4s and par 5s.
Manley’s score card from The Water’s Edge consisted of one birdie, 13 pars and four bogeys.
Rakes was 3-over on the front side, but he still held a three-shot edge at the turn.
Rakes produced pars at Nos. 10, 11 and 12, but he was 3-over on his final six holes are bogeys at Nos. 13, 14 and 17 and pars at Nos. 15, 16 and 18.
On the front side, Rakes carded a double bogey at No. 2 , bogeys at Nos 3 and 6 and a birdie at No. 4, his birdie of the round.
For the tournament, Rakes was 2-over on the par 3s, 5-over on the par 4s and 3-under on the par 5s.
Rakes’ score card from The Water’s Edge consisted of four birdies, 12 pars and two bogeys.
Cameron Dillon of Hardy (76-79, 155) a Franklin County graduate who has made a non-binding verbal commitment to continue his golf career this fall at NCAA Division III Roanoke College, finished third for the second year in a row, 11 shots off the pace.
Manley, Rakes and Dillon who played in Tuesday’s final threesome, and Cutter Harvey (83-79, 162) of Penhook were the only golfers to break 80. Harvey finished in a two-way tie for sixth.
Justin LaRue (76-80, 156) of Chesterfield placed fourth and Willoughby Gasperini (79-80, 159), the division’s runner-up in 2018, was fifth.
In the boys 14-15 division, Slade Aliff of Hardy, who competes for Roanoke Valley Christian School and who is a multiple-time Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) state individual champion, shot a second-round 69 to overcome a one-shot, opening-round deficit.
Aliff (77-69, 146) won by five shots over fSeth Robinette of Blountville, Tennesse (76-75, 151).
Robinette, Roanoke’s Samir Davidov (76-76, 152) and Roanke’s Ashton Harper (76-79, 155) were tied for the lead after each carded a 76 at The Water’s Edge.
Davidov finished third, Harper was fourth and Peyton Spangler (78-78, 156) of Roanoke was fifth.
Aliff was making his debut in the division. He had won two straight championships in the boys 10-13 age group and three overall.
Aliff was 1-over through 11 holes after making 10 pars and one bogey (on the par 4 No. 3 hole).
He started his rally with three straight birdies at Nos. 12 (par 5), 13 (par 3) and 14 (par 4), then finished with four consecutive pars.
Carson Moore (78-76. 154) of Boones Mill won the boys 10-13 championship by 48 strokes and Alisa Davidova (93-106, 199) of Roanoke claimed top honors in the girls 10-14 division.