Leesville Road’s Doc Redman carried home a golf bag over his shoulder and championship plaque under his arm from The Neuse Golf Club. About the only thing the senior left behind was the course record of 62.
Redman’s 9-under-par 63 included an eagle and seven birdies sans a bogey to win the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Mideast Regional individual title on Monday at the 6,019-yard course.
“That’s a great score,” said Dan Alton, The Neuse’s heading teach pro. “You never have a flat lie, and the greens are tough to read. That’s an exceptional round.”
Redman began on the back nine and recorded an eagle at the par-5 10th hole. He followed with birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 15 for a 6-under-par 30. He “cooled” to a 3-under 33 on the front nine.
“I hit a lot of greens and was stroking my putts really well,” said Redman, who was playing the course for only the fourth time in the last two years.
But the Clemson-bound Redman wasn’t alone slicing up The Neuse.
Green Hope won the team title by a 13-stroke margin with two players under par. Senior Rob McPartland shot 4-under 68 and junior Steve Anfinsen 1-under 71. Freshman Chris Kim’s 73 and junior Brian Chen’s 74 rounded out the 286 total.
“We’ve had good chemistry all year,” McPartland said. “Our goal has been to win the state title, and we took a big step today. We won by 13, and this is the first time we’ve had two players under par.”
The top three teams and the low six individual scores from players that aren’t among members of the three teams advanced to the 4A state tournament. The 36-hole 4A final is May 8 and 9 at Pinehurst No. 8.
The team runner-up was Broughton at 299. Will Hawley shot 72, Jimbo Stanley 74, Patrick Carlin 76 and Britt Stroud carded a 77.
Redman’s low score helped Leesville Road gain the third team berth at 301. Corey Wilson recorded a 75, Joey Pettis 81 and Jordan Peck 82.
Two other players breaking par among the low six scores advancing to state were Athens Drive’s Quinn Riley with a 3-under 69 and Harnett Central’s Jacob Lowe with a 1-under 71.
It took a round of 2-over par to make the state field as an individual. And Clayton’s Alex Casatelli hit that mark, posting a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine en route to a 74. Teammate Brady Hooks shot 75 to miss states by a stroke. Three other Greater Neuse River 4A Conference golfers carded 79s on the day: Clayton’s Matt Hayes and Garner golfers Trey Capps and Daniel Barbare.
Both Redman and the Green Hope players openly set a state title as goals for the season. Last year, Redman finished second by one shot in the 4A Mideast Regional and second by two in the 4A state meet.
“My goal is to win the state title, but I wanted to play well throughout the year,” Redman said. “I want to get better every day and play good golf. If someone beats me, fine. But I want to play good golf.”