By Griffin Warlow ’23
Woodberry Forest’s varsity golf team has come out swinging this year on an undefeated tear in their first nine matches. Head Coach Marc Hogan’s squad has shown mastery of their home course and no mercy on visiting opponents. The Tigers kickstarted their season with a statement win over rival Episcopal High School and have only gotten hotter from there.
Woodberry built on their success in a redemption match against the Collegiate Cougars, who bested the Tigers for both the Prep League and VISAA State titles last year. Despite two very different-looking rosters from when the teams last met in the Spring of 2021, the match was just as competitive as it has been in years past. One of Woodberry’s newcomers, third former Tommy McMillan, had the low round of the day, an even-par round of 35, in his first start on Woodberry’s varsity squad. Helped by another handful of rounds in the thirties, Woodberry came out victorious by three strokes to climb to 3-0.
The squad has not taken their foot off the gas either, continuing to dominate on their home course. A recent win came for the Tigers against Georgetown Prep in an 18 hole match at home this past Saturday. The Tiger’s home track treated the squad very nicely as they extended to 8-0. Third former Mack Edwards led the way with a 2 under 68 on the par 70 Donald Ross designed Woodberry Forest golf course. Another young star on Woodberry’s team, fourth former Will Brown, shot an impressive 71, building on the Tiger’s low scoring. Sixth former Bennett Perry broke through for his best round of the season with a 73, while sixth former Turner Edwards and McMillan both fired off rounds of 75. These scores proved to be more than enough for Woodberry to cruise by Georgetown Prep with a margin of 9 strokes.
The team played at home again today against the Benedictine Cadets. Led by Brown’s strong 33 (-2), the Tigers defeated the Cadets by 57 strokes, shooting their lowest score on the season, 140. Mack Edwards with 34 (-1), Perry with 36 (+1), and Cooper with 37 (+2) rounded out the team’s score. The Tigers have shown no weakness in their lineup through nine matches so far this year and will be looking to find another win against Covenant and Bishop O’Connell this Thursday.