Harnett Central took an early lead in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference boys golf standings in the season opener at Wendell Country Club Tuesday.
If the team scores in the nine-hole match are any indication of how the season may play out, however, the defending conference champs will have to continue to perform to stay atop the pack.
Team scores are made up of the lowest four individual scores carded by each school. Zack Freeman (37), Jacob Lowe (39), Garrett Graff (43) and Carson Welch (49) led Harnett Central to its 164-stroke finish.
Three other teams finished within seven stokes of the lead: Rolesville at 166, Garner at 168 and Clayton at 171. They were trailed by West Johnston (198), East Wake (214), Knightdale (215) and Southeast Raleigh (240).
The top-four placing teams also accounted for the top-four individual scores. But it was Garner’s Trey Capps who claimed medalist honors, shooting a one-over-par 36 on the front nine of the Wendell course.
Rolesville’s Blake McShea tied Freeman’s 37 for second individually, and Clayton’s Brady Hooks and Rolesville’s Justin Poole tied for third, at 38.
Behind McShea and Poole, Ryan Moss (44) and David Buffaloe (47) rounded out Rolesville’s top four. Also contributing for Garner were Colby Jackson (39), Chris O’Neill (45) and Daniel Barbare (48).
Others scoring for Clayton were Matt Hayes (40), Alex Casatelli (46) and Aaron Haberkorn (47). West Johnston was led by Brice Connors (42), Grayson Kiefer (47), Max Leyland (54) and Huston Barnhill (55).
East Wake had four golfers compete in Tuesday’s round, with Jackson Fisher’ carding a 44 to lead his brother Lucas Fisher (50), Evan King (58) and Masten Rhodes (62). The Warriors have five on the roster so far this season, an uptick for a team that played with fewer than four players several times last year and had to fill in blind individual scores to complete its team scores.
Knightdale was led Tuesday by Chris Sebastian’s 41, the sixth-lowest score of the day. The three other Knights competing were Kolby Lawrence (54), Will Fichter and Xavier Alvarado (60 each).
Southeast Raleigh also sent four onto the course, with its total made up by Marcus Mitchell (56), Zach Barco and Daniel Self (61 each) and Trey Peebles (62).
The teams will compete in one more nine-hole match, with East Wake hosting on the back nine at Wendell Country Club on Tuesday, and from there on the remaining rounds of the season will be complete 18-hole matches.