By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars golf team won the regional title again Monday. This was the second straight year they have accomplished the feat. It didn't come easy though. They played through tough rainy and soggy conditions most of the day. As they approached the last three holes, the rain subsided and the sun appeared from behind the trees at the River Landing Golf Course.
Cougars coach Jonathan Cobb was impressed with everyone's play considering the wet soggy conditions.
The Cougars beat Richlands by four strokes. The Cougars shot 321 as a team and Richlands finished with a 325. West Bladen was third with a 326. All three teams qualify to go to the state finals match which starts Monday at Longleaf in Pinehurst. The state finals event will last two days.
Cougars junior, Nathan Webb finished in a tie for the overall lead with Richlands Kayla Thompson and was forced to have a playoff. Webb, who shot a 75, lost the playoff round on the first hole.
Webb has had a great season to date and was recently named the Eastern Plains Conference medalist for the second time. Webb has come into his own and has played above Cobb's expectations this season.
Cougar Cole Jefferys shot an 80, Ryan Chatt finished with an 81, while Taylor Newton shot an 85. Michael Bass shot a 90 and Eric Norville rounded out the Cougars scoring with a 94.
Cobb said the course was very tight playing from the white tees, especially considering the wet conditions they had to play through.
He said he is just extremely proud of his team for bringing home the regional title once again.
Now his Cougar team has to get back to work and have a good week of practice, because they don't want a repeat of last year's performance when they played their worse match of the season in the state finals.
"We now have the opportunity to play the best in the state once again," Cobb said. "We need a good week of practice."