Monday, May 10, 2010

Hopewell's Logan Harrell, other area golfers, lead at state finals

Four Observer-area golfers hold first-day leads at the N.C. High School Athletic Association state golf championships.

The tournaments conclude today.

At Pinehurst No. 8, Hopewell’s Logan Harrell, the top ranked golfer in the state, shot a 2-under 70 to share the lead with Grayson Murry of Raleigh Leesville Road and Michael Cromie of Cary Green Hope.

Myers Park’s Jack Cottrill shot a 1-over 73 and is tied for fourth. Alexander Central’s Zach Burkett and North Meck’s Danny Pizetoski shot 74s and are tied for sixth.

Cary Green Hope leads the team event with 295 points. Myers Park (313) is seventh and North Meck (323) is 10th.

Harrell will try to become the first Mecklenburg County 4A champ since Independence’s Per Wickman won in 1992.

Read more about Harrell here

-- Hickory’s J.T. Poston shot a 4-under 68 at the 3A tournament at Foxfire Golf and Country Club Monday. He has a six-shot lead over Asheboro’s Daniel Brantley and Newton Foard’s Philip Linder. Poston finished seventh in the 2009 finals.

His Hickory team (304 points) leads Northern Guilford (308) and Newton Foard (309) in the team race.

-- Salisbury’s Roy Dixon shot a 1-under 71 at Keith Hills Country Club to take the first day lead in the 2A final. Dixon had the only sub-par round of the day.

His Salisbury team (302 points) has a seven sroke lead on Hampstead Topsail (309). North Lincoln (310) is in third place.

Maiden’s Thomas Lilly shot a 1-over 73 and is tied for second. Salisbury’s Troy Beaver and Alex Lee, Shelby’s Cody Dellinger and North Lincoln’s Miller Capps all shot 76s to tie for fifth.

-- Reigning 1A champ Greg Bunner of Gastonia Highland Tech is tied for the first day lead at the 1A finals at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines. He shot a 1-over 73.

Lake Norman Charter’s Sean Murphy is tied for sixth after a 76. Gray Stone Day’s Chad Blankenbeker, Highland Tech’s Weston McCurry and Lake Norman Charter’s Mace Timberlake were among a group of golfers tied for 10th at 79.

Kernersville Bishop McGuinness leads the team race (311) followed by West Montgomery (312) and Highland Tech (316).

-- No Charlotte-area golfers broke par at the NCISAA championships in Greensboro Monday. Forsyth Country Day (291) has the first day lead. Country Day (307) is fourth and Providence Day (309) fifth. Charlotte Latin (318) is at No. 8.