Seven golfers from the area teed off Tuesday on the final day of the high school golf season as competitors played on two courses in central part of the state at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Championships.
The 79th annual 4A tournament is being held at Pinehurst Country Club. While round one was played at Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) U.S. Open, competitors moved to the Par 72, 6,715 yard Pinehurst No. 4 for the final round.
After firing an 85 on Monday, Laney’s Jackson Young was at even par through nine and shaved nine strokes off his day one total to post a final round 75 on day two. He birdied the par-five, 495-yard second hole and bogeyed the par-four, fifth to remain even at the turn.
The sophomore finished his outing with four bogeys on the back and carded 12 pars in the round. His two day total of 161 was good to finish tied 43rd out of 70 players.
Samuel Young was at three-over after nine on Tuesday and finished a strong high school career by birdieing both par five’s and one par three on the back. The up-and-down final nine holes also saw Young hit three bogeys and one double-bogey to close with a 77, five shots better than day one.
Samuel Young posted a two-day total of 159, tied for 38th.
After shooting the only sub-par round of the day on Monday, Eric Bae of Southern Pines Pinecrest claimed top spot on the leader board as individual champion after posting a pair of 70s to close the tournament at four-under-par.
Sitting six strokes back from the leaders heading into the final day at Longleaf Country Club in Southern Pines, Landon Patterson was moving along as golfers started off the back nine on Tuesday. Sitting at two-over for the round, Patterson ran into trouble at the par-five, 545 yard 17th and posted a quadruple bogey to card a 41 at the turn.
He finished one stroke better on the final nine to post an 81, while teammates Cole Snyder hit 80, followed by Tucker Vaughn, who posted a pair of 83s at the two-day event. Dylan Howard closed with an 88 on Tuesday and Drew Boyer posted a 93.
Snyder was one-under for the day after birdieing the second hole of the afternoon before with two bogeys and four double-bogeys. Vaughn scored two birdies over the event.
Trailing by one shot after the opening round, Nick Lyerly came storming out the gates with four birdies on the front nine and helped guide East Rowan to a second place finish as top player in the field. Lyerly hit a 71 on Monday and closed with a low round 67 to claim low medalist honors by two strokes.
Patterson placed in a tie for 38th place, while Snyder and Vaughn were in the top 50.
Three-time defending champion Forestview High School took the 4A state title with a combined total of 585, five shots better than East Rowan.
West Brunswick placed 11th out of 12 teams to close the year as the top 3A group out of the Mideastern Conference. The Trojans qualified for states with a third-place finish at regionals.
4A golf championships at Pinehurst
Day two scores: Jackson Young 36-40= 76; Samuel Young 39-38=77; Individual champion: Eric Bae 34-36=70
Total scores: No. 1 Eric Bae 70-70=140; Samuel Young 82-77=159; Jackson Young 85-76 =161
3A golf championships at Longleaf Country Club
Total Team scores: No. 1 Forestview 585; No. 11 West Brunswick 651
Overall individual leader: Nick Lyerly 71-67=138
West Brunswick Totals: T-38, Landon Patterson 76-81=157; T-62, Drew Boyer 78-93=171; T-44, Cole Snyder 82-80=162; T-49, Tucker Vaughn 83-83=166; No. 67, Dylan Howard 84-88=172.
Day two scores: Landon Patterson 41-40=81; Drew Boyer 43-50=93; Tucker Vaughn 39-44=83;Cole Snyder 39-41=80 ; Dylan Howard 45-43=88.
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