John Tandberg ’21
After missing the entire spring season due to COVID-19, Woodberry’s Varsity Golf Team has returned. The team’s roster consists of mainly returning players, many of whom played multiple junior tournaments in their local areas and have improved significantly since the last team event, the Spring Break trip to Sea Island, Georgia. The players are extremely motivated to return this year into Prep League competition and fight for their third straight State Championship and tenth out of twelve Prep League Titles. The returning players feel there is unfinished business and were extremely excited to get back on the course.
Some of that unfinished business can be taken care of this fall. Since golf can be played socially distanced, the fall golf team has been given the green light to schedule matches against other independent schools. The season began this past Friday, against St. Anne’s Belfield.
After three qualifying rounds, played during heavy rain and on aerated greens, the roster for the first match was set, and the Tigers prepared to face STAB. The roster had five returning players in sixth-formers Benny Haggin and John Tandberg, fifth formers Turner Edwards, Bennet Perry, and Coops Cooper, with the last spot taken by fourth former Graham Roberts, making his first appearance on the Varsity squad.
On that Friday, with sixth formers John Robinson and Meade Seay on the call for WFSPN, the Tigers teed off against STAB with a shotgun start, where all players begin at the same time on different holes. The Saints brought an extra three golfers, allowing the three remaining players on the fall golf team, William Andrews, Logan McNabb, and Griffin Warlow, all fourth formers, to play an exhibition round. The Tigers played strongly from the start and didn’t slow down, beating STAB by a commanding margin of 17 shots. The top four scores were a 33, from Haggin, a 34 from his partner Cooper, a 35 from Edwards, and a 39, coming from both Perry and Tandberg.
The Varsity golfers move to 1-0 on the season and will face Trinity Episcopal at home on Friday, October 16th, as they continue the hunt for Woodberry’s third straight State Championship Title.