BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, a late summer tradition returned in the form of the Botetourt Metro Invitational, with Cave Spring’s Nate Faulkner taking the individual title.
“Just trusting my game. Felt pretty good all around and just excited to get a win in there,” Faulkner said.
The Knights’ sophomore holed five birdies and one bogey en route to shooting 67 in the tournament, which was shortened in half to just one day, putting some extra pressure on the golfers.
“Felt like you gotta get it in there early. 36 holes you have more time. Just try to stay patient and roll out my game,” Faulkner said.
The 18-hole format didn’t affect the golfer from Blacksburg high school, who came away with the team title.
“These kids, they’re all seasoned. They play tournaments all over the place so the pressure doesn’t really bother them,” Bruines head coach Rick Mattox said. “But one day, there’s more pressure with the one day. You don’t have a chance to come back the second day.”
All five Bruins shot rounds under 80, led by Jake Albert who shot a 69, for a team total of 294 strokes.
“I wasn’t quite expecting this result,” Mattox said. “It’s a nice way to start the season with winning a big prestigious tournament like the Metro.”