THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars went through the regionals and won by four strokes. They just couldn't get it going in the state golf championships Monday or Tuesday at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines. The Cougars finished seventh as a team after shooting 658 over the two day period.
Ryan Chatt led the way for the Cougars. He shot a 153 over the two days of play. He shot a 76 Monday and came back and shot a 77 Tuesday. Cole Jefferys shot a 165 in two days of action. He shot a 81 Monday and an 84 Tuesday. Nathan Webb, who was the medalist in the conference this year and finished second in the regionals didn't shot his normal game. Webb struggled during his two days of action and shot a 167. He shot an 82 Monday and an 85 Tuesday. Taylor Newton shot a 173 overall and shot an 85 Monday and an 88 Tuesday, while Eric Norville shot a 181. He shot a 92 Monday and an 89 Tuesday.
The Cougars will return their entire team next year in hopes of returning to the state championship match with a better showing. This was the second straight year the Cougars went to the state championship match and had a subpar performance as a team.
Alex Hefner of Newton-Conover won the individual championship and led his team to its first state golf title Tuesday in the 28th annual NCHSAA 2-A men’s golf championships.
Hefner shot a 70 on the first day and combined that with a 72 Tuesday for a 142 total, two shots ahead of Kaleb Morton of Carrboro, who had the best round of the second day with a 71 for a total of 144. Maiden’s Thomas Lilly and Salisbury’s Eric Edwards tied for third at 147, five shots back.
Prior to 1986, all NCHSAA schools competed for a single title in an open tournament. Play went to three classifications in 1986 and then to four classes beginning with the 1998 tournaments.
A total of 84 golfers began play in the two-day tournament.