SOUTHERN PINES — After one day of action at the two-day NCHSAA 1A State Golf Championships, Mount Airy finds itself in the thick of the race for the title.
The Granite Bears completed the first day of the tournament in second place overall, with a team score of 308 that places the Northwest Conference and Midwest Regional champions seven strokes behind Community School of Davidson. Mount Airy is four strokes clear of third-place Lincoln Charter, and leads fifth-place Alleghany by 16 strokes as the leader among traditional 1A schools.
On the individual side of things, the Bears also go into today’s action with a chance at the championship. Reagan Fitzgibbons shot a two-over-par 73 on the 6,602-yard, par-71 course at the Longleaf Golf & Family Club. This performance left him tied for third after the first day, trailing CSD’s Patten Williams by four and Chris Fillingame of Starmount High School by three. Tied with Fitzgibbons at 73 is CSD’s Brendan Cole. Both are two shots up on Regan Erhardt of Bishop McGuinness and Evan Johnson of Union.
Among several golfers who are one shot back in the individual standings is Mount Airy senior Christopher Dorsett, who shot 76 in the opening round.
Rounding out the lineup for the Bears in the first round were Sam Nester (79), Nabyant Wagner (80) and Jared Pendleton (85).
Golfers will begin teeing off at 9 a.m. today. Mount Airy will be hoping for a similar effort to the one it had on the front nine on Monday, when the team held the overall lead on the course for much of the early going and shot at blistering 144 on the front nine. The five Mount Airy golfers will all be teeing off between 10:30 and 11:10 a.m. on the first hole, with Fitzgibbons and Williams both in the final threesome at 11:10.