Harnett Central made up for its only runner-up finish of the season by picking up its sixth team win in Greater Neuse River 4A Conference boys golf, a five-stroke victory Thursday over Garner at River Ridge Golf Club.
The win left Harnett Central needing only to finish sixth place or better in the conference season finale Tuesday at Reedy Creek Golf Course to clinch the league title.
Central’s Jacob Lowe and West Johnston’s Brice Connors each shot 75 to share medalist honors at River Ridge.
Team scores are composed of the best four individual scores carded by each school. Zack Freeman (77), Garrett Graph (81) and Brenden Johnson (92) completed Harnett Central’s 325-stroke mark.
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Second-place Garner, which became the only team to top Central this season with its win April 21 at Keith Hills, was trailed by West Johnston (331), Clayton (345), Rolesville (356), Knightdale (426), Southeast Raleigh (476) and East Wake (479) on Thursday.
Garner was led by Trey Capps’ 79. Matteo Ceyrolles (80), Colby Jackson (83) and Kyle Gilman (88) also contributed for the Trojans. Noah Parton (83), Grayson Kiefer (86) and Gage Holman (87) rounded out West Johnston’s top four.
Scoring for Clayton were Matt King (78), Charlie Kradel (87), Davis Lanier (88) and Alex Casatelli (92). Rolesville’s team score came from Blake McShea (81), Justin Poole (83), Peyton Windley (84), and Ryan Moss and Evan Bunn, who each shot 108.
Chris Sebastiani led Knightdale with a round of 76. He was complemented by Shawn Simpson (101), Marcus Manly (123) and Sam Ellis (126). Southeast Raleigh was led by Zach Barco (108), Niles Hill (115), Tyler Pullen (123) and Marcus Mitchell (130).
East Wake had three golfers compete and took a blind score of 144 to complete its team score. Jaxon Fisher (87) led the Warriors, followed by Evan King (106) and Jalen Quenga (142).