2019 NCHSAA Men’s Golf State Championship Recaps

1A Championship: Community School of Davidson claims back-to-back team championships as Union Academy’s Surratt holds on for individual title

PINEHURST, NC – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 1A Men’s Golf Championships concluded at Pinehurst No. 6 with defending 1A Team Champions, Community School of Davidson, pulling away from challengers East Surry on the tournament’s second day. In the individual championship, Caleb Surratt from Union Academy edged last year’s champion, Addison Beam from Highland Tech, by one shot.

After an up-and-down round of even-par on Monday, Surratt played a steady-handed round in day two, carding 1-under, 71, with three birdies on the day. He earned the school’s second NCHSAA Individual State Championship in Men’s Golf, equaling the championship of Nick Smith in 2016.

Community School of Davidson golfers claimed the school’s second men’s golf championship, and their second consecutive title, pulling away from East Surry on day two of the tournament. The Spartans entered the final round with a slim three-shot lead over East Surry, but pulled away to a 17-shot final margin, by lowering their combined round one total of 335 to 326 on the tournament’s final day.

Christian Jarrell led the way for Community School of Davidson, posting a four-over, 76, in the tournament’s final round. He finished the tournament at seven-over, 151, which put him in third place overall. The Spartans’ Brendan Cole finished tied for 15th overall, with a 22-over score of 166. Alex Williams and Conner Maddox each contributed 28-over, 172 totals, for champions.

Jarrell was also named one of two winners of the NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Awards for the tournament. The other Sportsmanship Award went to Jason Moore from the state runners-up, East Surry. East Surry was paced by Landon Barnes who finished tied for tenth at 20-over for the tournament. Chase Harris also performed well for the Cardinals, firing 24-over, 168, to put him in a tie for 19th.

2A Championship: Midway’s Patrick repeats as individual champion while Lake Norman Charter slips by Midway for team title

PINEHURST, NC – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) completed the 2A Men’s Golf Championships at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Pinehurst. Logan Patrick won his second straight 2A Individual Championship carding a 1-over, 145. Lake Norman Charter earned the school’s first team state championship in Men’s Golf after two straight years of second place finishes in the State Tournament.

Patrick came into the day as the lone player under par in the field. While he gave a few shots back to the course, he maintained a comfortable lead for the majority of the day, posting a 2-over, 74, on the final day of competition. Patrick’s lone birdie of the final round came on the par 3 sixth hole.

Though he trailed by five shots entering the day, West Stanly’s Chase Clayton feverishly tried to chase Patrick down during the final round. Clayton posted a round with five birdies on the card, four of them on the back nine. His efforts led to a 1-under, 71, in the final round and a second place finish.

Ian Johnson led Lake Norman Charter to their first team state championship in program history, carding a 7-over, 151, to finish in a tie for third in the tournament and as the Knights’ top performer. Carter Busse was steady both days for the Knights, carding a 77 and 76 in the two rounds respectively, and finishing in a tie for seventh overall. Jace Arko also played well for Lake Norman Charter, powering his way to a 3-over second round and 11-over two-day total.

3A Championship: Hooks nabs Clayton’s first individual state title, Charlotte Catholic goes back-to-back in team competition

PINEHURST, NC – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 3A Men’s Golf Championships concluded at Foxfire Resort’s Red Fox Course. Brady Hooks from Clayton claimed the school’s first individual State Championship in Men’s Golf with an even-par, 144, two-day total. Charlotte Catholic grabbed the school’s fourth team State Championship, winning the title in back-to-back years for the first time in school history.

Hooks trailed Charlotte Catholic’s Jack Heath by a single stroke coming into the final round of play after Heath carded a 3-under, 69, on day one. Hooks was the steadier of the two players in the final round, coming home in 2-over, 74, on the final day. After a birdie on the opening hole, Hooks bogeyed the next two. He righted the ship on the par 5 fourth hole with another birdie, his second of three on the day. But then the fifth and sixth holes saw bogeys added to his card.

After a tumultuous start, Hooks settled into the round, with pars on every remaining hole except for his birdie on the par 4 11th and bogey on the par 3 13th. The overnight leader, Heath, faired similarly on the front nine, recording a pair of birdies to offset three bogeys. However, the final nine proved difficult for the leader, as he opened the back nine with a bogey on the 10th and a double bogey on the 11th. He tacked on two more bogeys in the final seven holes to go with five pars, sending his total to 6-over, 78, for the final round.

Despite a difficult final nine, Heath managed to finish in a tie for second with his Charlotte Catholic teammate, Drew Hackett, who closed the tournament with a 36-hole total of 147. The two led the Cougars to a second straight 3A team State Championship. Alex Campbell also contributed to the Cougars victory with a 7-over, 151, putting him in a tie for seventh overall. John Fahey finished in a tie for 15th, rounding out the Cougars scoring with a 10-over, 154.

4A Championship: Fountain pours through Pinehurst No. 8 to win individual title, Myers Park nips New Bern for team

PINEHURST, NC – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A Men’s Golf Championships concluded at Pinehurst No. 8. Patrick Fountain was a man on a mission, as the Broughton junior was the only player below par for the tournament, running away to the individual state championship. Myers Park claimed the team title, clipping New Bern by just two shots, to win the program’s fifth team state title and first since 1956.

Just one year removed from losing the 4A Championship in a one-hole playoff, Fountain would not be denied. After sleeping on a one-shot lead, Fountain turned in a beautiful 4-under, 68, in the final round, pulling away to a 7-under 137 and an eight-shot win. His 137 two-round total puts him in a tie for eighth all-time lowest 36-hole total in the NCHSAA State Tournament.

Fountain played the opening three holes perfectly, birding all three, before finally giving a shot back with a bogey on the par 3 eighth. Then on the 12th hole, a 353-yard par 4, Fountain got down in two, pushing his round to 5-under. He birdied the par 5 17th, before wrapping the round with a bogey on the final hole.

Myers Park overcame a two-shot overnight deficit to edge New Bern in the team championship. The Mustangs posted a combined 28-over, 305, on their way to the school’s first Men’s Golf team title since 1956. The Mustangs were led by Cole Chambers who carded a 3-over, 75, in the final round to go with his even-par effort on day one to finish at 3-over, 147 in a tie for sixth. Teammate Luke Hackworth was just one shot behind him with a 4-over, 148, for ninth place. Pearse Lucas finished in a tie for 13th to help the Mustang cause with his 6-over, 150, while Ben Morehead finished in a tie for 40th at 15-over for the tournament.