Griffin Faircloth of Lakewood shot a 38 on the back nine at Coharie Country Club on Monday to defend his title as individual medalist at the 1A Mid-East golf Regional Championship. Faircloth’s 79 was enough to hold off James Kenan’s Cole Pridgen by a shot, and help his team qualify for the state championship next week at Longleaf Golf Club in Pinehurst.
The top 3 teams in the region punched their ticket to the state rounds next week. Lakewood slipped in one spot ahead of Union, for the third and final spot, after shooting a team score of 368. Rosewood High School won the region with a team score of 353. Franklin Academy was next with a score of 359.
Lakewood’s Ty Horne played a very solid round for the Leopards, posting an 86 on the tough Ellis Maples track, as it stretched out to close to 6600 yards from the back tees. Zach J0hnson shot 101 and Owen Gray shot 102 to help their team advance.
For Union, Evan Johnson finished in third place, shooting an 81. It was good enough for him to earn a spot in the state championship as an individual. Brady Roberts played a solid round, shooting 92.
After the match, Faircloth was excited to have defended his title as regional champion, and for his team to be going to the state finals as well.
“I am really glad that as a senior, I was able to defend my title,” he said. “For the team to be able to all go together to the state championship, that means a lot to me I know. It will be fun to be there together, and I am really looking forward to that.”
Faircloth has his eyes set on an individual state title, as does Johnson, and they both have the games to do it.
“I think I can go out and win the thing if I play my game,” said Johnson. “With it being my last rounds, I really want to just have some fun with it, and I plan on having fun no matter what.”
The teams are set to play in the state finals next Monday and Tuesday. Tee times will be available later this week, on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s website, nchsaa.org.
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