It wasn’t a good day for the host Surry Central golf team overall, but it was for one of the Golden Eagles as an individual.
Central’s Garrett Fletcher came within a stroke of taking medalist honors at the final Western Piedmont Athletic Conference match of the season, firing a 3-over-par 75 over the 6,775-yard course at Cross Creek Country Club on Monday afternoon.
Fletcher’s performance earned him second medalist honors. The only golfer to best him was Tanner Bibey of South Stokes, who shot 74. Another South Stokes golfer, AJ Boyd, shot 76 for third medalist honors on the day and was the low scorer for the season, thus earning conference Player of the Year honors.
The Sauras won both Monday’s tournament and the overall conference championship for 2016. Forbush placed second overall.
Fletcher’s performance over the entire conference season was third-best overall, and made him the only local golfer from the WPAC to advance to 2A Midwest Regional competition at Cross Creek on May 2. The top 15 finishers in the conference on aggregate stroke total qualified, while South Stokes and Forbush qualified as teams.
Just missing a trip to the regionals was North Surry freshman Austin Smith, whose back-nine 41 put him into contention for a spot, only to miss by a few strokes. Smith was the Greyhounds’ low scorer on Monday, with an 18-hole total of 86. Sophomore Evan Marion also just missed qualifying for regionals while shooting an 88. Caleb Cook shot 92 and Taylor Solomon had a 95. As a team, North Surry placed fourth in the final conference standings.
Michael Martin and Isaac Bryant also competed for the Hounds on Monday.
“I think the future is very bright for North Surry golf,” said head coach Danny Lyons. “We only have one senior (Solomon), and these kids all work hard and play golf every day. We could have a very good year next year.”
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