FOXFIRE VILLAGE — Will Blalock of Gastonia Forestview had a final round two-under par 70 on Tuesday to capture the individual championship in the 29th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men’s golf championships at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club.
It was Blalock’s second consecutive state title. His 142 total was two shots better than Nick Stafford of Belmont South Point and William Register of Burlington Williams, who tied for second at 144.
Stafford equaled Blalock’s Tuesday score for the best round of the day at 70. Register was sixth in last year’s tournament.
Alex Simpson of Weddington, who had Monday’s best round at 69, had a 79 on the final day to finish at 148, seven shots back in sixth.
In the team standings, Forestview put together an outstanding 299 on the final day to take its third consecutive state team title. Forestview recorded a team score of 600 to finish 11 shots ahead of runner-up Waxhaw Marvin Ridge, with Rockingham County moving into third with a 616 total. The best four of six individual scores counted toward the team total.
The championship was held on a par 72 layout set at 6,669 yards for the NCHSAA event.
Prior to 1986, all NCHSAA schools competed for a single title in an open tournament. Play went to three classifications in 1986 and then to four classes beginning with the 1998 tournaments.
A total of 84 golfers began play in the two-day event.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2014 MEN’S 3-A GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Foxfire Golf and Country Club
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Gastonia Forestview 301 299 600 Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 310 301 611 Rockingham County 312 304 616 Burlington Williams 302 315 617 Belmont South Point 321 308 629 Corinth-Holders 321 318 639 Weddington 310 333 643 Hickory St. Stephens 318 325 643 Northern Guilford 322 332 654 Cleveland 327 330 657 West Brunswick 329 334 663 South Rowan 328 339 667