PINEHURST —The Clinton Dark Horses’ stellar golf season came to a close in the state championship on Tuesday, as they finished in second place out of the 12 teams that were present in the 2A race. Clinton’s total of 641 was nothing short of impressive over the two-day stretch, but was not quite enough, as Wilkes Central claimed the title with a total of 620.
Clinton’s Amy Wooten and Reid Darden each had an incredible week at Foxfire Country Club. They each shot a two-day total of 150 to finish in a tie for third place as individuals.
Other Clinton scores included Chandler Perry’s 77, Spell Carr’s 89, and Hampton Brock’s 95.
As far as individuals, Midway’s Trey Pope had a solid showing in his first state championship appearance. The Raider shot 82 on day two, improving a bit from his opening round, and ending the season on a good note. The future looks bright for the Midway golf program, and for Pope as he had quite a turnaround from last season to this season.
On the 1A side of things at Longleaf Country Club, the Lakewood High School golf team finished in 12th place. The team didn’t play their best golf in the state finals event, but enjoyed a great experience that no Leopard golf team has had in a while.
They were led by Griffin Faircloth, the Cape Fear Community College signee, as he shot scores of 85 and 81 over the pair of rounds. Ty Horne also had a good showing for Lakewood in the event.
Union’s Evan Johnson, playing as an individual struggled a bit on day two, and shot an 85 to go with his opening round 75. Johnson’s 160 total was good enough for a T-23 finish in the individual race.
For the Dark Horses, their second place finish put quite a stamp on an incredible season. Having a team with three players averaging scores under 77, especially in 2A golf, was an accomplishment of which the team can be proud, said Clinton’s head golf coach Eddie Grey.
“Our guys played hard, and they played good golf this week,” said Grey. “We had a little too much of a hole to dig ourselves out of after that first day, but I am really proud of everyone. Second place in the state is nothing to hang your head about.”
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585