Principals Rule in Favor of Centreville Golf
The Concorde District Executive Board, comprising the school principals in the league, on Monday voted to give Centreville one of the district’s two berths to the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament, overturning a decision made by the district’s athletic directors last week.
Each of the four districts in the Northern Region send two teams to the regional tournament. The Concorde allots one berth for any team finishing undefeated in regular season district play, if that happens; if not, then the top two teams in the district tournament that begins Tuesday advance to the regional tournament. In the highly competitive Concorde – perhaps the area’s toughest golf league – this is a big deal.
Centreville defeated its other district opponents, but its match(es) with Westfield resulted in controversy.
On Sept. 3, Centreville edged Westfield by one stroke before things got interesting postmatch as players from both teams alleged their playing partners had violated the rules of golf. Failing to reach a decision about what to do, the coaches from both teams scheduled a rematch for last Wednesday. However, prior to that match, the district’s athletic directors voted no team from the district would be recognized as undefeated in golf, explaining that the first match had to count for something. Centreville then went on to win the rematch by six strokes.
On Monday, however, the district’s principals, overturned the athletic directors’ decision and said Centreville – undefeated in match play this season – will get an automatic berth to the regional tournament regardless of the outcome of the district tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday at Twin Lakes. That leaves Chantilly and Westfield duking it out for the other berth.
“This wasn’t a redo, this was a result of the conflict and how you were going to resolve the conflict,” Centreville Principal Mike Campbell said, adding the principals have more information at their disposal than the athletic directors did last week. “It was a conflict between Westfield and Centreville and both voted on the resolution of the conflict. Both agreed Centreville should have a bye.”
“I’m obviously glad, that was our ultimate goal, to try to get out of our highly-competitive district,” Centreville Coach Georgie Bigus said. “That’s why we worked so hard during the regular season to win all our matches, because that bye was attached to it. Our kids will be relieved. They’ll probably play so much looser tomorrow. It’s a relief.”
September 21, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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