The push to introduce more young people to the sport of golf continues in Zebulon.
Rocky Winstead is entering his 13th year teaming with Zebulon Country Club to offer free youth golf clinics at a practice facility at the club during the summertime. The weekly, Thursday afternoon sessions run on the side of Zebulon’s summer team in the local division of the Eastern N.C. Junior Golf League.
This year’s clinics are scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 14 at the club, located at 2424 Pearces Road, Zebulon.
Winstead, a 77-year-old retired U.S. Marine, takes pride in his players’ accomplishments but cares more about lessons on the course translating into lessons in life. He brings his vast collection of golf clubs to the clinics for young players who don’t have their own sets.
Some of Winstead’s longtime students have become the leaders of the clinics over the years. Their involvement has helped the Zebulon boys’ team claim the ENCJGL divisional title five of the past seven years.
“I tell these kids I ain’t going to help them unless they are willing to help someone else,” Winstead said. “That’s all we need to worry about in life is helping each other.”
For more information on the clinics, contact Winstead at 252-230-4268.
Eagles bounce back: The East Wake Academy girls soccer team recently snapped a five-game losing streak with a pair of shutout wins.
The Eagles defeated Southern Vance High 9-0 on April 17, then downed North Central Athletic Conference opponent Voyager Academy 4-0 last Monday. Voyager had won the teams’ first meeting 1-0 on March 23.
The home wins boosted East Wake Academy’s record to 6-7 overall, 2-6 in the league.
Neal sets the bar high: Former East Wake baseball standout Christian Neal was named the USA South Conference Player of the week in early April after a big outing against league rival Piedmont College.
Neal went the distance in a 3-0 win over the Lions, issuing a William Peace program record 17 strikeouts while giving up four hits and a walk.
The 17 strikeouts marked the most thrown in a game this season in NCAA D-III baseball.
The same week he earned the conference honors, Neal was also named to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week.
“Neal was absolutely outstanding on the mound Friday, striking out 17 and throwing 22 first-pitch strikes out of the 32 batters he faced,” Chris Duty, William Peace coach and former East Wake coach, said in a statement. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment for our young program and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
As of April 14, Neal led the conference with 55 strikeouts. He was also the Pacers’ top hitter at that time, batting .327 on 55 at bats.
Big week for Coston: Former Knightdale baseball standout Tim Coston was recently named the USA South Conference Player of the Week for his mid-March efforts on the Averett University team.
The senior first-baseman and pitcher went 10-16 with eight RBI, four runs, a double, two walks and a stolen base to help Averett to a five-win week as the team jumped into first place in the league standings.
Coston went 4-5 with four RBI, two runs and a stolen base in a 16-7 win over LaGrange College to start the week. He then earned an 11-10 win over Tufts University, spending 8.1 innings on the mound.
He was then 6-for-11 with another four RBI, two runs, a double and two walks in a three-game weekend sweep of Huntingdon College.
NCHSAA honors: Knightdale’s Jamie Brown won the NCHSAA Performance of the Week award when he won the high jump and the long jump in the Wake County Invitational track and field championships.
Brown cleared 6-foot, 2 inches in the high jump and jumped 23 feet, two inches in the long jump.