In last year’s Southwest Wake Athletic Conference boys golf season, Green Hope held off challenges from Panther Creek, Holly Springs, Athens Drive and Fuquay-Varina to win the league.
Green Hope has three all-conference players returning in juniors Kevin Wiles (37.9 strokes per nine holes), Timmy Leonard and senior Brian Chen (38.6).
Chen was the team’s top performer at the NCHSAA 4A state championships, where the Falcons finished sixth.
SWAC runnerup Panther Creek, which won the league tournament, is led by sophomore Viraj Garewal (37), who was an individual qualifier for the state tournament and finished seventh overall, and sophomore Alex Scott (38.5).
The Catamounts also return junior Miguel Palacios and senior Luke McGann
Holly Springs, third in the SWAC, was hit hard by graduation and will be breaking in a new lineup led by junior R.J. Reyes.
Fourth-place Athens Drive has the top returner from last year, junior Eric Bae (36.4).
Bae is ranked as the third-best player in the state, regardless of class, by the Tar Heel Youth Golf Association.
The Jaguars also have senior Cameron Evangelista and junior Logan Pearce.
Fuquay-Varina returns junior Thomas Williams (38.3), who was a regional qualifier from a year ago, along with Middle Creek senior Carter Thompson (39.1).
Cary will have to break in a new lineup this year after graduating its top three players, including both of its all-conference selections.
The Imps do return their No. 4 and No. 5 players in Alex Danchi and Jake Holley.
Apex rounded out the SWAC standings.