SANFORD—Patrick Cover of Cornelius W.A. Hough birdied the first playoff hole to take top individual honors on Tuesday in the 79th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A men’s golf championships at Carolina Trace Country Club.
Cover had a 68 on Monday and an even par 72 in the final round for a 140 total. Raleigh Millbrook’s Stephen Franken climbed into a tie after 36 holes for the individual title with a 68 on Tuesday, setting the stage for the playoff.
The championship was contested on a par-72 layout set at 6,698 yards for the NCHSAA event.
Raleigh Broughton captured the team championship by eight shots over defending champ Southern Pines Pinecrest with a winning total of 592. Broughton captured its sixth NCHSAA championship since 1998 and it was also gave a Wake County school the men’s 4-A team golf title for the 19th time in the last 28 years, including five of the last six.
Pinecrest is the last non-Wake County school to win, taking the title in 2008 and last year.
Hough and Charlotte Myers Park were tied for third at 609.
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 tournament.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2014 MEN’S 4-A GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Carolina Trace Country Club, Sanford
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Raleigh Broughton 292 300 592 Southern Pines Pinecrest 297 303 600 Cornelius W.A. Hough 301 308 609 Charlotte Myers Park 303 306 609 Raleigh Millbrook 306 307 613 Cary Green Hope 321 313 634 Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds 324 325 649 Wilmington Laney 328 321 649 Northwest Guilford 313 338 651 Charlotte Providence 336 316 652 West Forsyth 324 329 653 Greenville D.H. Conley 337 343 680