Stephenson, Pirates finish off championship runs
The Corinth Holders golf team and South Johnston sophomore Patrick Stephenson wrapped up their Two Rivers 3A Conference boys golf championships with their performances in the final match of the season last week at Reedy Creek Golf Course.
Cleveland won team honors at the match with a total of 326, but the Pirates' lead in season scoring and their wins in the five previous league matches ensured them of the season crown.
Patrick Schweitz led Cleveland with a 78 in the match as three Rams (Jarred Lisec, 80, and Wyatt Jones, 82) posted scores of 82 or better. Nick Routhier led Corinth Holders with a 78.
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Stephenson was the class of the field for the fifth time in six league matches the season, however. He carded an even-par 72.
Stephenson's stroke average on the season was just 72.83 and he didn't card a score higher than 76 in a league match this season.
Corinth Holders' Sam Baxter was the league runner-up, followed by Lisec. Routhier took fourth for the Pirates in the season individual standings. Monty Fields and Kellan Labonte of Corinth Holders and Schweitz and Jones of Cleveland finished in the top 10 for the season, as did Smithfield-Selma's Ethan Faulconer.
Cleveland was the conference season runner-up and South Johnston took third. They joined Corinth Holders in the 3A east regional on Monday.
Trio of teams off to 4A regional
The boys golf teams from West Johnston, Garner and Clayton advanced to Tuesday's Mideast Regional at Raleigh Country Club with their finishes in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference this season. Harnett Central took the league title, ahead of West Johnston, then Garner and Clayton.
Garner's Matteo Ceyrolles was the highest finishing local individual in the league, finishing fourth. He was just ahead of three West golfers: David Chavis, Brice Connors and Ben Lacombe.
Clayton's Matt King finished ninth on the season in the league.
The Mideast regional will be one of the deepest in the state with several state team championship contenders in the field with teams from the Cap-Eight and the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference matching up with the Greater Neuse teams.