Reidsville High School won the final Mid-State Conference golf tournament of the season but Carrboro still came out the big winner, with Kaleb Lester winning medalist honors and the Jaguars sealing the season’s championship.
Playing under windy and wet conditions Tuesday at the Chapel Ridge Golf Club, Lester carded a nine-hole score of 38, earning him a cumulative total of 224 over the course of the season and the Mid-State Player of the Year award.
Medalist in a conference match for the sixth time this season, Lester led Carrboro to a total team score of 168 in Tuesday’s finale, six strokes behind Reidsville but still good enough to lock up the conference’s team championship. Carrboro finished the season with a final stroke total of 1,145, while Reidsville had a 1,164 total and third-place Bartlett-Yancey 1,344.
“Kaleb has been very steady this year and is poised to finish the season well again,” Coach Brenda Leeper said, noting that Lester finished second in last year’s NCHSAA 2A state championship tournament.
Each of Carrboro’s top four finishers in Tuesday’s tournament won all-conference honors for the season: Lester, Ben Padden, Adam Tobias and C.J. Pascal. Adam Alfieri earned honorable mention.
Leeper was especially pleased with Tobias’s play under trying conditions on Tuesday, noting he chipped in from off the green for a birdie on a challenging par 5 and finished with the team’s second best score (42).
“It’s always great to see a player push and get himself out of a hole,” said Leeper.
Carrboro, which won four of the Mid-State’s six regular-season matches, heads Monday to the 18-hole NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regional at Fairmont Country Club.
“I think that will be a good course for our team,” Leeper said.
The top three teams in a regional and the top three individuals not on one of the top three teams will qualify to the state tournament.
Other NCHSAA golf regionals Monday include Chapel Hill and other Big Eight qualifiers in the 3A Mideast at Whispering Pines Country Club and East Chapel Hill with other PAC-6 qualifiers in the 4A Midwest at Bermuda Run Country Club in Winston-Salem.
The NCHAAA state championships will be contested May 12-13.