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FOUR OAKS — Buoyed by a sizzling start, Fike High sophomore Jake Herring seized the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional individual golf championship over the Reedy Creek Golf Course layout on Tuesday.
Herring, the two-time Big East Conference Player of the Year, fired a 2-under-par 70 to emerge with a one-shot victory and punch his ticket to the NCHSAA 3-A championship for the second year.
Herring stood a torrid 4-under-par after six holes in Tuesday’s round. He then encountered a double bogey, but regrouped to play at an even-par pace the rest of the way.
Deadlocking for second with 71s were South Brunswuick’s Walker Isley and South Johnston’s Lee Eston. Davis Fisher of team champion Greenville Rose came in with a 72.
Rose of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference prevailed wilth a 301 for its low four individuals, prevailing by seven strokes against Clayton.
Fike, the Big East champion, finished seventh with a 350 while conference runner-up Hunt was eighth in the 10-team field at 366.
Herring was the only state qualifier from Fike, Hunt or Southern Nash. He placed seventh in last yer’s regional and wound up 13th in the state championship.
GCs Watson qualifies for 2-A championship
Greene Central High’s Michael Watson distinguished himself as the sole golfer from The Wilson Times readership area to punch a ticket to next week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A championship at Longleaf Golf & Family Club in Southern Pines.
Watson, coached by the outgoing Allen Wooten, fired an 83 on the terrain of Wedgewood Public Golf Course during Monday’s NCHSAA 2-A East regional. The top three teams and six individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state championship, with Kill Devil Hills First Flight winning the team title with a 343. East Duplin was two shots behind with a 345, while Washington claimed the final team spot with its 364. Croatan (367), Roanoke Rapids (367), South Lenoir (378) and Nash Central (381) rounded out the field.
First Flight’s Tim Jones was the individual regional champion with a 78, one clear of South Lenoir’s Landon Hill.
The other individual qualifiers not on advancing teams were Goldsboro’s Ryan Kimble (80), Hertford County’s Grayson Waterfield (80), James Kenan’s Lee Sutton (81), Watson and Farmville Central’s Justin Carter with an 84. Carter won a three-way playoff for the final individual spot on the second playoff hole with Hunt Van Dam of Roanoke Rapids and his Farmville Central teammate, Landon Morris.
Other area performances included Greene Central’s Wyatt Perry (89), Davis Wainwright of SouthWest Edgecombe (92), Parker Brown of SouthWest Edgecombe (98) and the Beddingfield duo of Tyler Godwin and Dylan Pollock. Both shot a 103.
No area teams were populated with the minimum four golfers required for a team score.
Chargers finish third at NCCSA championship
CLAYTON — The grind of an 18-hole event caught up to the Wilson Christian boys golf team in its first full-length match of the season Tuesday, as the Chargers posted a third-place finish at the North Carolina Christian School Association championship at The Neuse Golf Club.
The Chargers compiled a team score of 403 for their low four individuals, which was 50 shots behind team champion Alamance Christian. Walkertown Gospel Light was second at 359 as Greensboro Vandalia Christian (404) , Cramerton Christian (427), Wilmington Christian (455) and Asheville Temple Baptist (461) followed.
“We could have been up there at the top,” Wilson Christian coach Jeremy Carlson said. “It was very long today because we have not played 18 holes, nor have we walked a course this tough.”
Eighth grader Jacob Kearney led the Chargers with a 92, with sophomore Seth Thompson following with a 99. Seventh grader Brayden Joyner shot a 104 and junior Harrison Parker finished with a 108. Both Thompson and Parker are in their first year of playing golf.
Sam Buttonow was the individual medalist for Vandalia with a 79.