On a beautiful day for golf, each county golf team gathered at Lakewood Country Club for this year’s Sampson County High School Championship. The result was the same as last year, with Clinton winning the team portion of things, and Lakewood’s Griffin Faircloth winning the medalist honors.
After shooting an 80 at Timberlake on Monday in one of his most disappointing rounds of the season, Faircloth came back fired up and ready to compete with the best golfers in the county.
It was a 1 over par round of 73 that was good enough for Faircloth to edge those nipping at his heels all afternoon, including Clinton’s trio of Chandler Perry, Reid Darden and Amy Wooten, and Union’s Evan Johnson.
Clinton’s team total was 329 as they cruised to the win in team play. Chandler Perry, the recently crowned medalist in the Four County Conference, led them with a 77. Darden shot 78, Wooten shot 85, and Spell Carr shot 89.
Midway was next, as Ben Edwards shot 84, Trey Pope shot 85, and Jordan Sullivan shot 89 to lead the Raiders.
Union’s star player, Evan Johnson, didn’t have his best stuff, but still secured a tie for third place individually after shooting a 78.
Hobbton also competed and had a decent showing, as all the teams represented the county well in Lakewood Country Club’s first year hosting the event.
Lakewood’s Faircloth was pleased with the way he played and the fact that he was able to defend his title.
“It was just a great day to play golf today,” smiled the back-to-back champion following his win. “It’s an honor to be the county champion 2 years in a row. I’m glad to have been able to play my home course one last time and to go out like I did. This place means a lot to me, and it is special to me that in my last match here as a member of the Lakewood High School golf team, that I could get a win.”
Clinton is now off to the 2A Mid-East Regional at Land O’Lakes Country Club in Whiteville next Monday. The Raiders had 4 individuals qualify for the event. Edwards, Pope, Blake Norris and Sullivan will all vie for a chance to play as individuals in the following weeks’ state championship.
Union and Lakewood will play in the 1A Mid-East Regional on the same day, as this one is set to be played at Clinton’s Coharie Country Club. The Ellis Maples design has been friendly to those who know it best in the past, so look for Faircloth and Johnson to compete for top individual honors next week when the tourney rolls into town.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585