The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

May 1, 2013

Cougars win conference golf crown again

By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars have won the Eastern Plains Conference golf title once again. The Cougars sealed their faith Tuesday when they finished conference play with 248 points lower then the Beddingfield Bruins. The Cougars finished the regular season with 1,564 and Beddingfield was second with 1,812. Farmville Central was third with 1,827 and Greene Central was last with 2,145.

The top four players in the conference were from SouthWest.

Junior Nathan Webb was the conference medalist this season with a 299. This was Webb's second in as many years.

Ryan Chatt was right behind him with 307, then Cole Jefferys with 314 and Eric Norville at 320. Taylor Newton finished seventh with 324.

"I am very proud of our team for continuing the tradition of excellent golf at SouthWest," Cougars Coach Jonathan Cobb said. "It's great to see Nathan battle and win another individual conference championship this year."

Cobb is just hoping his whole team shows up at the regionals and does what they did a year ago, minus the state championship rounds where they fell apart.

Last year, they blew away the field in the regionals. The team this year is no different. They're all the same ones from last year's team except for one player.

Cobb said this season has followed almost the same pattern that last year followed. He said it is going to be interesting to see how his team handles the pressure after such a smooth conference season.

"Hopefully we bring swag and have a good time," Cobb said. "My guys really care a whole lot about our scores."

Cobb said his guys play as a team and do not worry about individual success. He believes they have all been happy as a team this year, but has seen the other side as well.

"As important as scoring is, I think we all need to be reminded sometimes that just playing the game in itself is important also," Cobb said. "There are a lot of learning and growing opportunities for these young men out there on the golf course. As cliche as it is, adversity truly reveals character. I can't wait to see how my guys respond to it in the coming weeks."

Cobb wll not have to wait long, because the Cougars kick off their playoff run Monday.

The Cougars will play in the 2-A Eastern Regionals Monday at River Landing in Wallace.