Walking off the first green Tuesday afternoon, Atholton’s Bryana Nguyen said she was a little worried about her round.
A mishit approach shot into the greenside bunker on the opening hole at Hobbit’s Glen had made for a difficult par and opened the door to some negative swing thoughts. “To miss the green after being in the fairway a little over a 100 yards away … I was thinking I might be in for a long day,” Nguyen said.
As it turned out, Nguyen had simply gotten her one bad shot of the round out of the way early.
The Atholton senior proceeded to play the next eight holes in four-under par on her way to tying the county record for points in a match with 31. She finished with four birdies, including a birdie from eight-feet away on the final hole to tie the mark.
Nguyen had previously set the record in 2010 as a freshman. Ironically enough, that round also took place at Hobbit’s Glen.
“It’s my home course … I feel like it sets up pretty well for me,” she said. “I don’t have those awkward distances I get on some of the other courses that are a little shorter. I’m able to put myself in spots where I can hit most of my short irons from a comfortable yardage.”
Nguyen’s big day paid dividends in the team competition Tuesday as well, with the Raiders putting up 76 points overall to earn themselves a tri-match sweep of Wilde Lake (38) and Reservoir (21). Avni Johnson (22 points), Amanda Petersen (17) and McKenzie Fields (6) rounded out the scoring for Atholton.
For Nguyen, her round really got kick started on the fourth hole. She made her first birdie of the day on the par 4 and then proceeded to birdie the following hole — a downhill par 3 — as well.
“I was putting myself pretty close to the hole, so it was just a matter of making the putts,” she said.
She nearly made it three birdies in a row on No. 6, but her putt lipped out. She quickly got back on track with a birdie on the par 5 seventh to get to 3-under.
“I think No. 8 was when I started thinking about where I was. It wasn’t so much that I was thinking about the record, as it was just thinking that I wanted to keep making birdies,” Nguyen said. “I really wanted that birdie putt on eight.”
Nguyen’s putt from 20-feet on the par 3 eighth ended up lipping out.
Still with a chance to tie the record, Nguyen delivered her second shot on No. 9 to within eight-feet of the hole. The ensuing putt capped off the special day.
“You have to have all parts of your game going in order to hit 31 — today was one of those days,” she said.
While Atholton rolled to the comfortable overall victory, Wilde Lake did manage a split. The Wildecats were led by Mikala Teachman (12 points) and Tyler Teachman (11) en route to knocking off Reservoir.
In the losing effort, Reservoir got a team-high 17 points from Erica Caporaletti.
Atholton 76, Wilde Lake 38, Reservoir 21
A (4-0): Nguyen 31, Johnson 22, Petersen 17, Fields 6.
WL (3-1): M. Teachman 12, T. Teachman 11, Andres 9, Iqbal 6.
Re (1-3): Caporaletti 17, Adipudi 2, Muir 1, Trivedi 1.
Marriotts Ridge 81, Mt. Hebron 34, Long Reach 9
MR (4-0): Kim 27, Lee 24, Davey 19, Beigel 11.
MH (2-2): Jung 24, Baker 10.
LR (0-4): Reboullet 3, Friend 3, Appler 3.
Howard 19, River Hill 16, Hammond 12
Ho (3-1): Lurie 10, Fallaria 7, Kelly 2.
RH (1-3): Hayward 12, Bello 3, Nina S. 1.
Ha (0-4): Martin 5, Frekot 3, Ginsburg 2, Creighton 2.