Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hickory wins 3A golf state title

BUIES CREEK ‹ Robert Hoadley of Cameron Union Pines won his second individual title in the last three years on Tuesday in the 24th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A golf championships at the Keith Hills Country Club.

Hoadley, who was the 2007 3-A champ and tied for ninth last year, fired a blistering six-under 66 on the final day of play to record a winning total of 136. There was a four-way tie for second that necessitated a playoff and Robert Register of Burlington Williams, last year¹s individual champion, took second with an eagle on the second playoff hole.

However, it finally took six extra holes before James Chapman of Gastonia Forestview finished third, Trey White of Hickory fourth and Ryan Yarbrough of Wilson Fike fifth. The quartet all had 139s, three shots off the pace, in regulation.

The championship was held on a par-72, 6500-yard layout for the NCHSAA event.
Hickory outdueled defending team champion Wilson Fike and Burlington Williams to win the team championship. The Red Tornadoes carded an excellent 588, including a 290 on Tuesday, to take the title by six shots over Fike. Williams was third at 597 and Gastonia Forestview placed fourth at 603.

The best four of six individual scores counted toward the team total.

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 competed in the two-day event. Wendy¹s is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.

Keith Hills Country Club, Buies Creek
1. Hickory 298-290--588
2. Wilson Fike 296-298--594
3. Burlington Walter Williams 299-298--597
4. Gastonia Forestview 301-302--603
5. Waxhaw Porter Ridge 311-302--613
Charlotte Catholic 314-299--613
7. Southeast Guilford 310-307--617
8. Southern Lee 310-309--619
9. Lake Norman 321-306--627
10. Morehead 314-317--631
11. Northern Nash 326-333--659
12. Wilson Hunt 332-332--664
1. Robert Hoadley, Cameron Union Pines 70-66--136
2. *Robert Register, Burlington Williams 71-68--139
3. *James Chapman, Gastonia Forestview 70-69--139
4. *Trey White, Hickory 73-66--139
5. *Ryan Yarbrough, Wilson Fike 70-69--139
6. Noah Ratner, Asheville 69-71--140
7. JT Poston, Hickory 71-70--141
8. Alan Barnhardt, Pfafftown Reagan 72-70--142
Christian Hawley , Kernersville Glenn 73-69--142
10. Jack Radley, Southern Lee 73-71--144
11.Daniel Claytor, Northern Nash 73-72--145
Blake Cigona, Southern Lee 73-72‹145