HEDGESVILLE – Fawns could be seen following their mothers on Wednesday all over The Woods golf course.
They weren’t the only youngsters roaming the fairways, greens and woods.
So was Roland Wright, a sophomore from Shepherdstown who attends St. Maria Goretti, Maryland.
Just a year into his golf career, Wright lost his spots and proved to be a young player on the course. He shot the fastest lap of his brief career, shooting a 74 to earn medalist honors by seven strokes at the Spring Mills Invitational.
“It came together,” Wright said.
Beau Fletcher of Hedgesville scored an 81 for second place in a single-scoring event.
The 11 No. 1 golfers played a normal 18-hole course. The second and third seeds of the teams played the best ball, and the fourth and fifth golfers played alternating shots.
Then three scores were added to find a tag team champion – Washington.
The Patriots, led by third Charles Schultz (83), won with a score of 229.
Martinsburg was second with 247, Spring Mills was third with 268, just ahead of Goretti’s 269.
“For scoring, we just wanted to change it up a bit by having a different format,” Spring Mills coach Matt Grogg said. “For the schools in Maryland, this was their first competition.
“It puts more pressure on the No.1 players.”
This didn’t affect Wright, who dated Jefferson as a freshman but didn’t grab any clubs until after tryouts were completed and the team selected.
For Wright, it was just about wanting to try a different sport.
The fact that his father was a caddy gave Wright some direction. The father is Goretti’s trainer.
“Just to try another sport,” Wright said, “and I liked that.”
He agreed that he had a natural ability in the game.
At the same time, however, Wright spent hours and hours on the golf course learning the intricacies of the sport and experiencing the frustration associated with it.
He called his game-winning run the result of “driving the ball, getting lucky on a few putts, and working the offseason.”
He tied 16 holes, but bogeys on the last two holes pushed him to 2-over for the day.
“I was focused there,” Wright said.
Prior to Wednesday, his fastest lap was an 85 during a Callaway Junior Tour stop at Cress Creek in June. It was a day after shooting a 90 at Locust Hill on the same tour.
Wright, Fletcher, Schultz and Andrew Bushey, who scored an 84 for Smithsburg, Maryland, were named to the all-tournament team.
The bottom seven teams were Hedgesville (273), Jefferson (278), Musselman (279), Berkeley Springs (302), Smithsburg (306), Hampshire (312) and Clear Spring, Maryland (315).