The Broughton High boys golf team provided another example of just how good it is last week as it won the Keith Hills Invitational despite missing three starters.
The Caps posted a four-man 308 to top second-place Leesville Road by four strokes. Broughton’s Harrison Rhoades and Jimbo Stanley led the Caps with two-over-par 74s, which tied them with Leesville’s Doc Redman in second place.
Broughton played in the rescheduled event without starters Preyer Fountain (injury), Will Minton (out of town) and former N.C. High School Athletic Association champion Stephen Saleeby (out of town).
“It was a really tough day to play,” said Caps coach Anderson Marlowe. “It was a little cool and breezy, and the course was wet. The water squished up around your shoes when you walked on the greens. The guys had to shake the water off the ball when they took it from the cup.
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“It was a good day to find out who really wanted to play. I was impressed.”
The Caps knew they had a solid corps back from a club that won the NCHSAA 4A title in 2014, but there have been some surprises.
Fountain may be out of the year following a snow-related injury, but freshman Patrick Carlin has emerged as a solid high school player.
“We knew he was a great player,” Marlowe said. “Last summer he reached the quarterfinals of the North Carolina Junior Boys before losing to Fountain in match play in a match that went 18 holes. But sometimes freshmen are a little intimidated during their first year on the varsity. He hasn’t been.
“He has been a big plus for us.”
Stanley, a sophomore who missed much of last year with an injury, has made big contributions this season as well.
Marlowe doesn’t know if Fountain will return in time for the playoffs and knows that he won’t be at full strength if he does.
“But an impaired Preyer Fountain would still be a great player,” Marlowe said.
Wake Forest’s Alex Smalley, a Duke recruit, was the only golfer to break par. He posted a three-under 69.
“He is a tremendous golfer,” Marlowe said. “That was a great score under tough conditions.”
Frazier, Murphy shine: Ryen Frazier of Ravenscroft and Sydnei Murphy of Apex turned in some collegiate-like performances during the Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays at the Irwin Belk Track at Fetzer Field last weekend. They competed in the high school division, but would have won the college competition with their performances.
Frazier, an N.C. State recruit, ran a 4:47.92 in the mile to win by almost 20 seconds. Murphy posted a 12.22 in the 100 meters.
Frazier is a national champion in the two mile and was national runner-up in the mile and 5,000 meters indoors. Her time is believed to be the fastest girls high school time outdoors in the nation this year.
Charger baseball: Cary Academy got a no-hitter from starter Casey Miles in a 13-0 baseball victory over East Wake Academy in the Charger Invitational semifinals and won the tournament title with a 5-3 win over the Raleigh Hawks. Miles struck out eight in the no-hitter.