Trees are beginning to bud, robins are appearing in yards, and high school golfers are hitting the links, so spring is surely on its way.
East Chapel Hill got a good jump on the N.C. high school season with a solid victory last week over district rivals Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Playing Monday in seasonably warm but gusty weather, Wildcat sophomore Nathan Norfleet carded a 40 on the front nine at Chapel Hill Country Club. Teammates Nathan Parry and Charlie Gaenzle both shot 41, while Sam Fallon came in a 42, giving East Chapel Hill a 164 total.
East Chapel Hill’s top four all shot better than the rest of the field to sweep the top four places individually.
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“That’s four pretty good scores,” first-year East Chapel Hill golf coach Steven Snyder said. “If we keep that up or do better – who knows? ... We’ll be competitive (in the PAC-6) this year.”
Chapel Hill’s Jackson Paul got fifth place with his 45, one stroke better than Tigers teammate Jackson Paul.
Carrboro’s Chris Poor was at 47 and teammate Jacob Steinert at 49 for seventh and eighth.
Ryan Rosamund shot a 50 and Nathan Guskiewicz 51 for Chapel Hill, putting the Tigers at 192 total, while Carrboro came in third at 201.
“They’re not happy with their scores,” Chapel Hill coach Jim Williams said of his Tigers. “Everyone comes in wanting to shoot what they did at the end of the last season, but that’s not gong to happen, realistically.”
All the scorecards reflected that Monday’s match was the first varsity competition for all the golfers after weeks of poor weather that limited practice time.
The Country Club layout held up well through the winter, albeit some spots on the fairways had yet to dry fully after weeks of snow, ice and then heavy rains in February. Approach shots stayed put easily on the greens, but the course played long because fairways likewise didn’t afford much of a roll.
“All of the courses north of Pinehurst are still a little wet,” Williams said. “There were a lot of fat wedges hit today, but that was also partly due to being rusty.
“Overall, the course was really good. It was a thrill to be out here in 65-degree weather.”