A young Corinth Holders boys golf team earned two things at the NCHSAA 3A state championships at Foxfire Golf and Country Club Tuesday: valuable playing experience for the future and a sixth place finish in the state.
The Pirates finished at 639 after a second-day team total of 318, which was three shots better than their season 18-hole average.
Cleveland finished 10th in the state at 657. Overall it was a solid but challenging two-day, 36-hole outing for the representatives of the Two Rivers 3A Conference, which also included South Johnston sophomore Patrick Stephenson.
Corinth Holders coach Theresa Gale’s statement – “We learned a lot about the competition at this level” – could apply to the entire local contingent.
Cleveland’s Patrick Schweitz led area golfers individually, tying for 13th in the state at 153 (9-over). Corinth Holders’ Monty Fields and Kellen LaBonte both finished at 157. They tied for 22nd in the state in a group that also included Stephenson, who was playing in his second state championship.
Cleveland’s Jared Lisec, the eastern regional champion a week ago, tied for 28th (158) alongside Sam Baxter of Corinth Holders.
Grayson Adams, after learning his team was going to need his score midway of his round on Tuesday, fired a solid 83, his lowest score of the two rounds.
“I told him he really needed to focus because his score was going to count today,” Gale said. “This was a tall order to ask of a sophomore at his first championship, but he pulled off a very good score.”
Nick Routhier finished at 175 for the Pirates and Jake Baxter came in at 190.
“I am so proud of this team and I am delighted to know my top top players will all be returning next year,” Gale said. “We have discussed some strategies for improving our team score and we hope to represent Corinth Holders High School next year at the state championships.”
Cleveland picked up scores of 176 from Morgan Berger and 177 from Wyatt Jones. Nick Brinke added a 186 for the Rams and Sean Traynor finished at 203.
Gastonia Forestview, led by individual champion Will Blalock at 142, won the team title with a score of 600.