From staff reports
In Williamsburg, three area high-schoolers made the cut following the first round of the Virginia State Golf Association’s Junior Match Play Championship on Tuesday at Williamsburg National Golf Club.
Jefferson Forest’s Jonathan Peterson and Garnet Manley III and Rustburg’s Nick Rakes each shot well enough on the first day of stroke play to make the Day 2 tournament field, which will include 65 players.
Peterson had the best score of the three in the round, one of two rounds of stroke play that will whittle the field down to the 16 players who will advance to match play. Peterson shot 2-over 74 and sits in an 11-way tie for 28th. He is eight shots off the lead.
Manley and Rakes are tied for 39th after shooting 3-over 75.
Manley played his best golf of the day on the front nine, where he shot a 1-under 35 and was one of just 15 players to card a 35 or better. But he faltered after the turn, bogeying holes 10 and 12 and double-bogeying No. 18.
Peterson was consistent throughout the day with a nine-hole score of 37 before posting another 37 on the back nine. He birdied three holes.
Rakes, meanwhile, didn’t have trouble with No. 18 like many other players and gained two strokes with birdies on 17 and 18 to wrap up the day.
Charlie Kennedy (6-under 66) leads Ross Funderburke by one shot after Day 1 of the four-day tournament, and the three others in the top five posted scores of 69 or better. Three shots separate fourth place from 21st, with three players sitting in a tie for sixth at 2 under, five tied for ninth place at 1 under and seven golfers carding an even-par 72.
Manley and Rakes will play in the same group that tees off at 8:48 a.m. today for Round 2, while Peterson will begin his round at 7:40 a.m.
Ahead of his showing Tuesday, Manley won a VSGA Junior Circuit event Monday at Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet. He shot 8-under 64 with eight birdies and 10 pars and finished eight shots ahead of runner-up Luke Vance.