Colton Danks shot a 6-over par 78 to win his fourth event of the year on the Tarheel Youth Golf Association circuit. The win was Danks’ fifth over the past two years while playing in the 12-13-year-old division.
Finishing third in the 12-13-year-old division was Dunn’s Andrew Eldridge.
Union High School’s star golfer, Evan Johnson, shot an impressive 75 to finish second in the high school division. Johnson birdied the final hole for a second-nine 36, propelling him up the leaderboard.
Lakewood High School’s Griffin Faircloth shot 82 on the day.
Battle Wilson participated in the 10-year-old division, got a good taste of competition and racked up 12 points in stableford format.
Danks and Johnson each admitted that their already good rounds could have been a lot better. Danks struggled flighting his wedges throughout the day, and had trouble with some of the greens at Coharie. He noted after the round that each of those two spots in his game costed him some shots on Friday.
“If my wedges and putter would have cooperated better, I could have went pretty low, I think,” said Danks.
Johnson put on a great display of driving both in the fairway and with power throughout the day. He was seemingly hitting good putts, but they just weren’t falling for him.
Johnson commented on his round, saying, “75 is a good score, but I was hitting it well enough today to have shot a 68 or something in that ball park. I lipped out a lot of birdie putts, but overall, a 75 from the back tees at Coharie is a good score that I can deal with.”
Danks will be back in competition in Mebane at Mill Creek Golf Club for the 2015 TYGA Tournament of Champions. The event is set for Aug. 12-13.
Although he wasn’t pleased with his score, Danks keeps finding a way to win. He is hoping to have his game in top form for the Tournament of Champions, which will feature the deepest field of the season. Danks finished top five in the event last season, but is eyeing the first place medal this time around.