ELKIN — East Surry’s golf team has qualified for the state tournament after finishing second in the regional match.
The Cardinals finished second to Bishop McGuinness in the tournament at Cedarbrook Golf Course this week. Also, Mount Airy’s Cody Hodges finished tied for second and advances as an individual player.
With this tournament, plus Taylor Coalson’s player of the year performance for North Surry, it goes to show that some of the best golf in the state is played right here in the foothills, said East Surry’s Jason Anderson.
Anderson coached the team last year, but took this year off due to the birth of a child this spring. But he couldn’t miss the regional tournament and saw Joseph Marion shoot a 1-over par 73 to tie for fourth place.
Cedarbrook is a tough place to play, said Anderson. Playing bogey golf is good, and Joseph shot a 2-under 34 on the back nine to start the day. He had a couple of struggles on the front nine, but finished the round by chipping in a shot from about 50 yards out for a birdie, he said.
Following Marion’s score were Drew Alley 79, Andrew Millsaps 80 and Jordan Vogler 81. That gave the Cards a team score of 313.
All four of these players will be back, as well as freshman Jack Edwards. The only senior is Dustin Holder, whom Anderson said had an off-day.
Bishop’s top seed, Stanhope Johnson, has been out for the past couple of tournaments, but is expected back for the state tournament next week, Anderson said.
Still, the Villains had plenty of firepower as the lowest score of their six players was an 83.
Tanner Owen won the medalist title with a 3-under 69. Teammate William Whitacre shot a 35 on the first nine holes and finished tied for second with Hodges at 72.
Officials had Whitacre and Hodges go to a playoff hole to decide the pecking order, but the two tied on the first hole and had to go to a second before Whitacre prevailed.
“Those two playoff holes were good,” said Anderson. “Neither player was giving an inch.”
Regular-season matches are only nine holes. The conference and regional tournaments went 18 holes. For the state tournament, players have two rounds of 18 holes.
The 1A event is Monday and Tuesday at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, 30 miles south of Raleigh.