Tuesday, May 15, 2012

State golf final day report: Forestview, Salisbury win championships

Gastonia Forestview finished third in the 2011 N.C. 3A boys golf championships.

This year, Forestview did a lot better than third.

Forestview won the team championship Tuesday at Foxfire Village with a 593  total, five shots better than Marvin Ridge. Charlotte Catholic (608) was third.

In the individual race, Asheboro’s Daniel Brantley shot a 2-under 70 Tuesday to rally to win. Brantley was in third place after Monday’s first round, but won by two shots of Marvin Ridge freshman Brandon Katsoudas and Forestview junior Will Long. Long shot a 69 Tuesday to get in contention.

Charlotte Catholic’s Keegan Hoff was third with a two-day 145.

South Point’s Nick Stafford, who struggled with a 79 Monday, bounced back with the best round of the day -- a 68 which moved him up to fourth place. He tied with Forestview’s Alex Taylor and Southern Lee’s Zane Lewis.

-- Myers Park and Ardrey Kell had strong showings at the N.C. 4A state golf championships at Pinehurst Tuesday.

Raleigh Broughton (582) won the team event with Southern Pines Pinecrest (585) second. Myers Park (597) and Ardrey Kell (599) were third and fourth.

Hough (602) was fifth.

In the individual race, Broughton’s Stephen Saleeby shot a two-day total of 140 to beat Pinecrest’s Joshua Martin (142). Ardrey Kell’s Andrew Klasing was third at 144. Myers Park’s Andy Simmons shot a 71 Tuesday to finish at 148 for the event.

--  In 2A, Salisbury ran away with its second straight N.C. 2A state title.

The Hornets finished with a team total of 573 strokes, well ahead of North Lincoln (604), Newton-Conover (620) and Shelby (637).

Salisbury had two golfers in the top three: second place Alex Nianouris and Eric Edwards.

Salisbury’s Troy Beaver finished fifth, tied with North Lincoln’s Miller Capps and Bunker Hill’s Tyler Lail.

North Surry’s Taylor Coalson won the individual championship at Southern Pines’ Longleaf Golf Club on the second hole of sudden death. Coalson beat Salisbury’s Nianouris in the playoff. The two both shot a pair of 70s in two days of regulation play.

-- Bishop McGuinness won the 1A state championship at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek.

The team finished with a 578 total, winning comfortably over Lake Norman Charter (630) and East Surry (640).

Bishop McGuinness’ Stanhope Johnson won the individual state championship, shooting a 4-under-68 on the second and final day of the event. That left him with a 139 total, one shot better than teammate William Whitacre, who shot 140 for the two-day event and a 1-over 73 Tuesday.