Leesville Road’s Doc Redman and South Johnston’s Patrick Stephenson were a few strokes away from winning state titles last year.
Both golfers and college recruits were state runners-up at their N.C. High School Athletic Association championships.
Teams to watch
Broughton: The 4A runners-up lose four seniors who never finished worse than second in the state.
Cardinal Gibbons: Won the 3A Mideast regional and was 10th in the state.
Corinth Holders: Won the 3A East regional and tied for sixth in the state.
Franklin Academy: Tied for the 1A Mideast regional title and finished seventh in 1A. Senior Grant Lewis was conference player of the year.
Green Hope: Won the Southwest Wake 4A and returns Jack Massei and Brian Chen.
Harnett Central: Won the Greater Neuse 4A and returns conference player of the year Jacob Lowe.
Lee County: Dalton Mauldin was third in 3A and the Yellow Jackets were fourth overall.
Leesville Road: The Pride, which was sixth in 4A, is led by state runner-up and Clemson recruit Doc Redman.
Northern Durham: The PAC-6 4A champs are led by UNC Greensboro recruit Michael Wicker and Virginia Tech recruits Sarah and Jessica Spicer (the girls are allowed to play because the Knights don’t have a girls’ team).
Panther Creek: The Catamounts were seventh in 4A thanks in part to Viraj Garewal (tied for 9th).
Ravenscroft: Ryan Gerald was fourth in NCISAA 3A and the Ravens were fifth overall.
St. David’s: The Warriors were second in NCISAA 2A competition and return Andrew Wilmoth and Preston Ball.
Individuals to watch
Patrick Stephenson, South Johnston
ECU recruit; 2nd in 3A
Jimbo Stanley, Broughton
T-17th in 4A
Doc Redman, Leesville Road
Clemson recruit; 2nd in 4A
Walter Brinker, Lee County
T-22nd in 3A.
Jack Massei, Green Hope
Won N.C. Junior.
Brian Chen, Green Hope
Will be counted on more this year.
Dalton Mauldin, Lee County
T-3rd in 3A.
Ryan Gerard, Ravenscroft
4th in NCISAA 3A.
T-3rd in NCISAA 2A.
Preston Ball, St. David’s
Loyola (Md.) recruit; T-19th in NCISAA 2A.
Viraj Garewal, Panther Creek
T-9th in 4A.
Quade Lukes, Durham Academy
NCISAA 3A state qualifier.
Josh Bryan, Trinity Durham-Chapel Hill
T-8th in NCISAA 2A
Michael Wicker, Northern Durham
PAC-6 4A player of the year.
Patrick Carlin, Broughton
Played behind four seniors.
Jacob Lowe, Harnett Central
Greater Neuse 4A player of the year.
Allen Smith, Durham Academy
T-25th in NCISAA 3A.
Blake McShea, Rolesville
T-22nd in 4A.
Campbell Rand, Riverside
Top player for Pirates.
Corey Wilson, Leesville Road
T-26th in 4A.
Nathan Norfleet, East Chapel Hill
Top player for Wildcats.
Andrew Wilmoth, St. David’s
T-6th in NCISAA 2A.
Quinn Riley, Athens Drive
No. 1 Jaguars player.
Dalton Wheeless, Union Pines
3A state qualifier.