State golf recap: 5 Charlotte-area teams, 3 golfers take state; Raleigh stars post well

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Five Charlotte-area boys golf teams won N.C. public or private school state championships Monday, and three Charlotte-area players won individual titles.

Raleigh-area golfers also had some strong finishes.

Charlotte Catholic and Community School of Davidson won their third consecutive boys’ team state golf championships Monday, while Lake Norman Charter’s team and Union Academy’s Caleb Surratt captured their second straight titles.

Charlotte Catholic’s championship team included one golfer who was part of the Cougars’ football team that won the state title just three days earlier.

In private school, Charlotte Latin’s Davis Sayman won in 4A and Westminster Catawba’s Aiken Golightly won in 2A. Westminster Catawba won the 2A team title. Cannon won in 4A.

The Raleigh area’s top finishers were Panther Creek’s Hampton Roberts and Broughton’s William Webb, who placed second in the 4A individual competition; and Cardinal Gibbons, which was fourth among 4A teams.

The four boys’ public school state championships were played Monday at courses across the Pinehurst area. The private schools were in Greensboro. The 3A private school final begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The tournaments were 18-hole events this year – half the usual length. They were shortened as part of the schedule modifications made this year due to COVID-19 protocols.

Public school girls’ championships are scheduled for Tuesday in the Pinehurst area – in 4A, 3A and 1A-2A.

Here is a look at Monday’s boys’ championships:

Private Schools

Charlotte Latin golfer Davis Sayman
Charlotte Latin golfer Davis Sayman

Charlotte Latin sophomore Davis Sayman shot a 6-under-par 66 at the Greensboro Country Day Monday and won the N.C. Independent Schools 4A state championship.

Sayman finished three shots clear of Greensboro Day’s Ben Jordan and Cannon’s Narayan Mohan.

Cannon School won the team title with a total score of 291. North Raleigh Christian (294) was second and Charlotte Latin (295) was third.

Class 4A

Jackson Van Paris led Pinecrest to an easy victory at Pinehurst No. 2. Van Paris won medalist honors with an even-par 72, and the Patriots’ team score of 308 easily outdistanced runner-up R.J. Reynolds’ 319.

Defending 4A champion Myers Park was third, with a 322; and Cardinal Gibbons was fourth, at 324. Rounding out the team competition were Green Hope (329), Apex Friendship and Ardrey Kell (tied at 338); and Wake Forest (339).

Panther Creek’s Hampton Roberts and Broughton’s William Webb tied for second in individual play, each with a 73. Fuquay-Varina’s Daniel Boone was fifth at 76.

Myers Park’s Pearse Lucas shot a 77, good for a three-way tie for sixth. An eight-way tie for 10th, with 79, included three Charlotte-area golfers – Providence’s Aiden Browning and Colin Salema, and Myers Park’s Cole Chambers – and three from the Triangle area – Green Hope’s Quin Polin, Apex Friendship’s Daniel Adkins, and Ryan McCarthy of Cardinal Gibbons.

Class 3A

Charlotte Catholic grabbed its third straight 3A title, with a team score of 299 – 11-over-par at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines.

Marvin Ridge (302) was second, followed by Terry Sanford (305), Stuart Cramer and J.H. Rose (tied at 309), D.H. Conley (311), T.C. Robertson (320), and Cape Fear (323).

T.C. Roberson’s Lucas Benjamin Ward shot a 3-under 69 to win medalist honors. Forestview’s Nick Norman was part of a four-way tie for second place at 70. Freedom’s Alex Bock and Marvin Ridge’s Ryan Dunn tied for sixth at 72.

Charlotte Catholic had two top-10 finishers, with Luke Guthrie’s 73 good for eighth place, and Steven Shea’s 74 tying for 10th with Jack Wieler of Marvin Ridge and Eli Kinlaw of Stuart Cramer.

From the Triangle area, Clayton’s Foster Evans shot a 76 and finished in a tie for 20th.

Charlotte Catholic edged fellow Southern Carolina 3A Conference member Marvin Ridge by three strokes.

The Cougars’ Clay Tardif shot a 5-over-par 77, good for a 24th-place tie. Tardif was a linebacker and special teams member of the Charlotte Catholic team that captured its fourth straight 3A football championship Friday.

Class 2A

Two years ago, Lake Norman Charter won the 2A team title by one stroke over Midway. This time, the Knights shot a 311 and had a 14-stroke edge over Midway.

Ledford (334) was third, with East Lincoln (335) fourth. Other scores were Wheatmore (337), Roanoke Rapids (340), Beddingfield (357) and West Davidson (367).

Top-10 finishers included Shelby’s Connor Brown (74) in third; Lake Norman Charter’s Carter Busse (75) as part of a three-way tie for fourth; Lake Norman Charter’s Will Dalton (76) in a three-way tie for seventh; and the Knights’ Brandon Spinks (77) in a three-way tie for 10th.

Class 1A

For the second straight week, Community School of Davidson and East Surry tied for first place. This time, the Spartans won sole possession of the championship.

The two schools tied for top spot a week ago in the 1A Midwest Regional tournament, and the tie was not broken.

Monday, each team finished with a 317 at the par-72 Foxfire Resort and Golf Club.

So the two teams went to a playoff, with Community School of Davidson winning 15-17 on the first hole.

Meanwhile, Caleb Surratt of Union Academy repeated as 1A medalist, shooting a 3-under-par 69. William Spicer of Thomas Jefferson Academy was second at 71.

Rounding out the team competition was Martin Riverside (326), Lincoln Charter (331), Polk County (342), Raleigh Charter (355), Falls Lake Academy (358), and Lejeune (452).

Top Triangle-area golfers were Falls Lake Academy’s Aiken McDowell, whose 74 was good for a two-way tie for fifth place; and Raleigh Charter’s Michael Vick and Langdon Aronson, who tied for 14th with 79’s.

Community School of Davidson was led by Jackson Maze, who shot a 75. That score was good for a seventh-place tie with Lincoln Charter’s Jonathon Jones.


1A Men’s Golf Championship

2A Men’s Golf Championship

3A Men’s Golf Championship

4A Men’s Golf Championship

NCISAA Championships

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