The standard is high for a program that has produced four individual national champions in 10 years, including Godfather last year as a freshman and Allred’s daughter Victoria in 2011. At one point during the spring season, the National High School Golf Association had the Raiders in place 1 of the country.
Godfather, who won the 4-A individual title in spring, was regional runner-up behind Ketchum. Each shot 3-over 75 on Monday before being turned over.
“It was just relaxing,” Allred said of the Reagan Stars’ daily improvement.
Ketchum, whose year-round work ethic at Maple Chase Golf and Country Club set the tone for the Raiders throughout the season, led the way on Tuesday.
“The biggest satisfaction for us is that Morgan Ketchum came home with the win,” added Bowman. “We’re in no way prejudiced against our girls, but if you know Morgan Ketchum … she’s the kid who hits balls for two hours when it’s raining and no one is supposed to hit golf balls. This kid is the hardest working golfer most people would agree with in the game they have ever known. She played great high school golf for four years and she deserves it. “
Ketchum, who will play for Virginia Tech next year, retired from high school as part of three state championship teams. Ruth Anne Asbill is also a senior with the Raiders, but Godfather, Howerton, and newbie Hillary Gong will be back searching for more titles for Reagan.