A little local knowledge can be a big benefit. Add execution to the equation of said knowledge and things get even better.
Clayton senior golfer David Germann proved both those points Friday, winning the individual championship at The Neuse Invitational on his home course, Neuse Golf Club, with a 5-under-par, 67.
David Germann scored on the course’s longest holes like no one else. “I played the par-5s at 5-under par,” he said. “If you’re going to score out here, you have to do it on the par-5s.”
Germann hit his 220-yard approach with a hybrid club to within 15 feet on the 498-yard 10th, then drilled the eagle putt to move to 6-under on his round.
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Bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes dropped him back a bit on the leaderboard, but his birdie on the 17th (the final par-5) gave him a one-stroke victory over Charlotte Myers Park’s Austin Morrison.
“This gives me a lot of confidence,” David Germann said. “My goal is to get make states and be good enough to be in contention there. For our team, I just know I need to continue to play like this in conference matches. We haven’t played like we’ve wanted to in those yet.”
Myers Park, the runner-up at last year’s 4A state championships, took advantage of the near-ideal conditions like no one else. The Mustangs finished at 3-under-par 285 on the afternoon.
The tournament featured strong teams from across the state – stretching from the Charlotte area to Wilmington – taking on the 6,626-yard layout, which plays much longer than that in spots but shorter in others thanks to the rolling hills that make up the Neuse layout.
Broughton edged Ardrey Kell for second place in the team standings. Both teams finished at 299, but the Caps took the runner-up spot on the basis of their fifth score, which came from Court Settle who shot 80.
The young Caps had three scores of 75 or better, paced by Harrison Rhoades’ 73. Preyer Fountain added a 74, while Will Minton shot 75.
Kell was led by Andrew Klasing’s 71 and the 73 of Nick Fedchock.
Southern Pines Pinecrest finished fourth (303), ahead of defending state 4A champion Leesville Road at 306.
Carter Jenkins fired a 3-under, 69 for the Pride and was third individually. He took advantage of the five pars on the back as well, with a birdie on the 10th and a eagle on 17.
After Fayetteville Terry Sanford (308), came seventh-placed Green Hope (319) and event host Clayton (323).
Clayton was in contention for the title until it lost Logan Specht to a wrist injury during his round. Specht hit a ball not knowing there was a large rock underneath, jamming his wrist.
Mark Germann fired a 72 for Clayton on the day. He shot 35 on the front nine and finished tied for sixth.
Athens Drive tied Wilmington New Hanover for 10th, ahead of Durham Riverside (328), Wakefield (331) and Garner (336).
Garner, which had won the first three Greater Neuse River 4A Conference matches of the season, finished 14th. Zach Coble led the Trojans with an 83. He shot 39 on the front nine, birding the opening, par-4, 361-yard first.
Paolo Ceyrolles added an 84 to the Garner total.
Greater Neuse River 4A Conference foes West Johnston and Harnett Central tied for 15th.
Northern Durham’s Steven Lavenets was among those tying for ninth at 73.
Southeast Raleigh’s Sumner Tate, one of six golfers competing as individuals in the event, had a solid day, finishing at 6-over-par, 78.