Wesleyan golf drives past Westchester

Greer Smith, The High Point Enterprise, N.C.
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Apr. 8—HIGH POINT — Coming off a two-week hiatus during spring break, the Wesleyan Christin boys golf team hardly missed a beat Wednesday.

Led by a par 36 from medalist Sean Finan, the Trojans finished with a 163 total and posted a 15-shot victory over building Westchester Country Day in a match over the front nine at High Point Country Club's Willow Creek course.

Cole Rouse added a 2-over 38 for Wesleyan. Hunter Jardina (43) and Jaxon Barber (46) were the other counting scorers.

"It was a pretty good day for us," said Wesleyan coach Dusty Lucas. "That's around what we've been averaging. We were missing one of our better players. If he had been here, we may have shot four or five strokes better. But, I was happy that we had some guys step up."

Westchester finished at 178. Jaxson Morgan led the Wildcats with a 1-over 37. Other counting scorers were Henry Erikson (45), Jacob Johnson (46) and Hamer Brigman (50).

"We're getting better," Westchester coach Adam Schwartz said. "We were happy that we got to play good competition, which can only make us better.

"We'll get back to work and try again next week."

Finan is ranked 77th in the latest North Carolina boys rankings by the Carolina Golf Association. Rouse is No. 138. Wesleyan was missing Ethan Wooten, who is ranked No. 144.

"Coming off a break and missing one of our top guys is a very good score for us," Lucas said. "And, our only practice since coming back was yesterday. So it was a very good day for us. Not being in a conference sometimes makes it hard to schedule matches so it was good to play a local rival."

Rouse birdied two of his first three holes (Nos. 3 and 4) to reach 2-under but failed to make par putts on Nos. 6 and 8.

"I hit the ball well but the putter could use some work, so not a bad day," Finan said. "That's about what I've been shooting all season, about even par-ish. I think there is a lot of room to improve, especially in my short game, which I'm going to work on in a little bit. It's mostly putting. If I could putt a little bit better, I think I could play really well.

Over the break, Finan played at the Harbour Town course on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. He will participate this weekend in one of the bigger junior tournaments in the state, the Jimmy Anderson Boys Invitational.

"He's been shooting right around even par, no more than 3-over," Lucas said. "He's a junior and every year he's gotten better. He's going to be one of the better junior golfers in the state. From tee to green, he's in great shape. A little bit of putting is what gets him in trouble sometimes. This time next year, he should be shooting well under par."

Rouse is a freshman and alternates with Wooten at the No. 2 and No. 3 in the lineup.

"Sometimes, Cole just overthinks things," Lucas said. "But, he's only a freshman so he's going to be great. The trajectory for his game is really good."

Wesleyan returns to action today in a 18-hole match against Greensboro Day at Grandover in Greensboro, which serves as Wesleyan's home course. Grandover is also the site of next month's NCISAA 4A state tournament, which starts with 15 teams battling in a one-day qualifier to determine the three teams that will play for the state championship.

"I don't think we'll have any problem being one of the 15 teams that will make the first day," Lucas said. "Being one of the three that advances to the championship round will be a challenge."

Westchester returns to action Monday against Forsyth Country Day at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons.

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