Willow Springs has shut the door on the chance for the Zebulon boys golf team to win a fifth straight divisional title in the Eastern N.C. Junior Golf League.
Both the boys and girls teams from the Wilson-based course won decisively in Tuesday’s 9-hole match at Wendell Country Club. The outcome propelled the Willow Springs boys well out of the reach of the Zebulon Country Club team heading into the final match of the season.
The low round in each age group earns 4 points for the player’s team, and so on, with 1 point awarded for the fourth-best score. Every golfer earns a half-point for completing a round. Each team designates a 12-player roster that determines team scoring for each match.
Willow Springs’ boys claimed first Tuesday with a team score of 26. They were trailed by Zebulon (17.5), Wendell (10), The River Golf and Country Club of Louisburg (6.5) and Birchwood Country Club of Nashville (.5). Willow Springs, the winner of all four boys matches this season, rests atop the league standings with 107.5 points. Rounding out the boys standings are Zebulon (54), Wendell (41), The River (30.5) and Birchwood (5.5).
Zebulon dominated the 16-18 boys age group, sweeping the podium with a medalist score of 35 by Connor Jones and rounds of 36 by William Lewis and 38 by Blake McShea. Wendell’s Justin Tart was fourth in the group with a score of 41.
Wendell’s Reed Miller shot 39 to claim second among the 14-15 boys. His teammates Justin Poole (40) and Kirby Yeargin (43) took third and fourth, respectively, in the age group. Another round of 43, carded by Zebulon’s Mason Horton, was good for third place in the 12-13 boys pack.
The Willow Springs girls had a 12.5-point outing on the Wendell course to top The River (4.5), Zebulon (3.5) and Wendell (1.5). Willow Springs leads the girls standings with 38 points, followed by The River (20.5), Zebulon (15) and Wendell (4.5).
Zebulon’s Stevie Mae Almoney placed second in the match with her round of 65 in the 10-13 age group.
Other local scores from the match are as follows:
10-11 Boys: Wendell’s Sam Sollinger carded a 63.
12-13 Boys: Zebulon golfers Preston Johnson and Chance Puckett each shot 51, followed by Daniel Carter’s 58 and James Strickland’s 61. Wendell’s Hunter Best turned in a round of 60.
14-15 Boys: Evan King shot 48 for Wendell. For Zebulon, Ryan Moss shot 52, Evan Bunn and Kelsey Selna 54 each and Justin Daniel 57.
16-18 Boys: Brady Best shot 56 for Wendell.
14-18 Girls: Wendell’s Hannah Finch shot 61 and was followed by teammates and playing partners Lexi Tripp (62) and Skylar Pritchett (64).
The final match of the regular season is set for Tuesday, July 29, at The River. Bradford Creek Golf Course of Greenville is slated to host the league championships Monday, Aug. 12.
For the boys, only the divisional champion teams and the top players from each age group who are not on the winning team will earn a ticket to the finals. In past years, the top two teams earned the invite.
All girl golfers who competed in the required minimum of two regular-season matches qualify to play in the championship round.