County Sports

Lauren KirbyA birthday party was the beginning of an equestrian career.

Fluvanna High School junior Lauren Kirby wanted to have her 10th birthday party at Susan White’s horse farm on Central Plains Road. After that day, she was hooked.

“She literally started riding and never stopped,” White said. “That’s how she’s so good.”

Good enough to best more than 13,500 youth equestrians to place third in the nation at a recent competition. Add a comment


Golf courseThe prestigious Faulconer Invitational Golf Tournament, which attracts the top amateur golfers in Central Virginia, will be held this weekend (May 13-14) at the Lake Monticello Golf Course.

Lake Monticello Golf Pro Mark Marshall said that tournament has a waiting list this year. There are 93 golfers signed up to play. This tournament sends players out in groups of three in order to increase the pace of play, so there will be 31 threesomes teeing off each day.

The tournament has three divisions. The regular men’s division has a field of 36 golfers. The seniors’ division has a field of 30, and the super-seniors’ division has a field of 27.

The regular men’s division is what the Faulconer tournament is all about. This tournament is part of the competition for the Battle Trophy. The Battle Trophy is awarded each year by the Daily Progress to the amateur golfer who has the best combined record in a series of top level tournaments played in and around Charlottesville each season. The Faulconer tournament is also an element of the Virginia State Golf Association’s (VSGA) rankings. Marshall said he believes this is a contributing factor in a number of young golfers from the Richmond area participating in the men’s division this year. Add a comment


A high level of activity has continued through the summer and into fall at the Lake Monticello golf course. Despite the recent heat and the lack of precipitation, the course remains in very playable condition and a variety of golfers are taking full advantage.

On Sept. 9 the senior men’s Gray Foxes organization held its annual picnic at the course with the Hole-in One restaurant handling the catering. The Gray Foxes have an 18-hole group that plays every Thursday morning and a nine-hole group that plays every Friday morning. Both groups and spouses combined for the picnic – a successful event every year.

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Virtually all major sports have terms and phrases that aficionados know, but that the casual fan finds puzzling or even incomprehensible. This is an attempt to provide an explanation for some of the terms and phrases that may stump people. It would go on for pages if an attempt were made to cover all the weird terminology in sports.

A baseball announcer may say that the shortstop has gone “deep in the hole” to make the play. There certainly are no holes in a major league baseball field. They are as smooth and pristine as full-time professional groundskeepers can make them. Add a comment


A teaching momentThe annual Quick Start tennis program was held for Fluvanna County youth from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 at the newly renovated Ashlawn tennis courts at Lake Monticello. This program is for beginning and intermediate young tennis players in the 8–12 age group. Instructor Lynn Forsyth said that there were 12 children enrolled this year. Add a comment