Sampson County has been represented in a great way through the first portion of the 2016 high school golf season. In the Four County Conference, it has been Clinton, Midway, and Union, respectively, leading the way.
Each team has solid players, that have played well to this point.
Starting with Clinton, sophomore phenom, Amy Wooten has been playing well. She was medalist at the first match of the year with an impressive 75 at Coharie Country Club. Wooten tees it up from the same tees as the boys do, yet still makes it look easy on the links.
Reid Darden is right there with Wooten, as he also possesses a great deal of talent. He has been the Dark Horse leader for the past few seasons, and is looking to continue his strong play. The Horses have already claimed the first matches of the season and have a comfortable lead for the year-long conference race.
Behind the Horses, are the Midway Raiders. Senior Clay Honeycutt is looking to pick up where he left off last season, and potentially help his team qualify for a state championship berth later this year at regionals.
Raider Trey Pope is looking for a breakout season, as he has put in lots of time to hone his skills. He is well on his way to a solid season, and is also looking to help the Raiders compete in the Four County Conference.
Union is currently in third place, and have had some bright spots thus far as well. None have been brighter than Evan Johnson, who has been a stellar player for his entire career, and has his sights set on big goals individually and potentially for his team this season as well. Brady Roberts continues to work hard and has given Union another golfer with the potential of shooting in the 80s.
With a lot of golf left to be played, many individual accolades are yet to be determined. Look for Johnson, Darden and Wooten to vie for conference medalist honors, and for the Dark Horses to never relinquish their conference lead.
The teams are back in action on Wednesday, when they travel down 421 to Sandy Ridge Country Club for an 18 hole match. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585