East Surry’s golf team finished third last week in the final Northwest 1A Conference meet of the season held at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy, assuring it of a third-place conference finish and advancement to the 1A Midwest Regional, which was scheduled to be played Tuesday in Elkin.
For the Cardinals, the low scorer for the day was Griffin Hall, with an 84 (41-43). Parker Tilley was a shot behind, with an 85. Will Felts shot 88 and Brock Jessup had an 89 to round out the team score for the Cardinals, who placed third on Monday and in the final league standings. Jason Moore and Dakota Smith also competed for the Cardinals, with scored of 90 and 93, respectively.
That left the Cardinals trailing only champion Mount Airy and runner-up Bishop McGuinness, which tied for the match at 316 each. The Granite Bears took the overall conference title with a score 1,269 as a team, two strokes ahead of Bishop’s 1,271
Bishop’s Reagan Erhardt captured medalist honors with a score of two-over-par 74 (36-38). The only other golfer who broke 40 on both nines was Mount Airy’s Sam Nester, the second medalist with a 75 (39-36). The Villains’ Kevin Sowinski’s 77 stood up for third, while the Bears’ Reagan Fitzgibbons and Nabyant Wagner also broke 80, each shooting 79.
Christopher Dorsett’s 83 was the other score for the Bears that was counted in the team tally. Jared Pendleton shot 89 and Will Zeller 95.
Few golfers from the other three schools, North Stokes, Atkins and Walkertown, even managed to break 100 on the challenging 6,775-yard course. The lowest score among those teams was an 87 from Atkins’ D.J. Williams. As a team, the Vikings placed fourth, followed by the Camels and then the Wolfpack.
The meet was held simultaneously with the final meet of the Western Piedmont 2A, also at Cross Creek. The NW1A golfers began on the No. 1 tee, while the WP2A competitors teed off at No. 10 and then played the front nine after making the turn at 18. Erhardt’s score was the lowest carded by any of the golfers on the course Monday, beating the winning tally in the Western Piedmont tournament by two strokes.
Most of the top performers from this meet have qualified to compete in the 1A Midwest Regional at Elkin’s Cedarbrook Country Club on May 3. Mount Airy, Bishop, and East Surry have all qualified as teams, and the four best golfers who are not members of those teams were also be invited to compete.
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