Owen leads Bishop McGuinness to 1A golf title

May. 15, 2013 @ 12:14 AM

Tanner Owen of Kernersville Bishop McGuinness led wire to wire to capture the individual title in the 16th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A men’s golf championships at the Chapel Hill Country Club.

Owen, who was fourth in the individual standings a year ago, had a two-under 70 on the opening day to open up a four-shot advantage, then had a 73 on Tuesday for a 143 total, good for a six-shot margin over runner-up Dylan Kennedy of West Montgomery.

Bishop, the defending team champion which won by a whopping 52 shots a year ago, took top team honors by 36 strokes this time. The Villains’ 306 total on the final day gave Bishop a 611 final score, ahead of Lake Norman Charter with 647. East Surry was third with 650 and Riverside-Martin placed fourth at 655.

McKenzie Barringer of Durham Voyager Academy was third individually at 151. Blake Fiest of Lake Norman Charter won a playoff on the second extra hole to take fourth over Jonathon Davis of Bishop McGuinness, both of whom had 152 scores in regulation.

Mason Orr and Kevin Sowinski of Bishop tied with Jordan Vogler of East Surry for 12th at 158.

The course was set at par 72 and 6,619 yards for the NCHSAA event.




FOXFIRE VILLAGE – Will Long of Gastonia Forestview had a blistering 66 on Tuesday and raced to victory by a single shot on Tuesday in the 28th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men’s golf championships at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club.

Long, the individual runner-up a year ago, had a 36-hole total of 140, good for a one-shot win over Nick Stafford of Belmont South Point after entering the day tied for eighth, six shots off the pace. Stafford had a 69 in the final round to move up to second from fourth after the first day.

First-day leader Bryce Hendrix of Greenville D.H. Conley had a 74 in the final round to go with an opening 68 to finish at 142, in a tie for third with South Rowan’s Davis Richards. Richards had one of the five sub-par rounds on Tuesday with a 69.

The championship was held on a par 72 layout set at 6,591 yards.

Defending team champion Forestview made it two titles in a row, led by Long and Will Blalock, as the Jaguars blew it open with a 285 score in the final round. Forestview tallied a 582 score for the tournament, 22 shots ahead of runner-up Burlington Williams have holding just a four-shot lead over the field after Monday’s play.

Waxhaw Marvin Ridge placed third at 614 and Charlotte Catholic, Monday’s second-place team, and Belmont South Point tied for fourth at 616.




SOUHTERN PINES – Alex Hefner of Newton-Conover won the individual championship and led his team to its first state golf title Tuesday In the 28th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A men’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.

Hefner had a one-under par 70 on the first day and combined that with a one-over 72 Tuesday for a 142 total, two shots ahead of Kaleb Morton of Carrboro, who had the best round of the second day with a 71 for a total of 144. Maiden’s Thomas Lilly and Salisbury’s Eric Edwards tied for third at 147, five shots back.

Newton-Conover had the only sub-300 team score on Monday, and the Red Devils held on with a 312 on the final day to record a 611, four shots ahead of runner-up North Lincoln. Shelby was third with 627 and Salisbury, the defending team champ, was in fourth with 632.






PINEHURST – Ben Griffin of East Chapel Hill fired a five-under 67 to roll to a convincing victory on Tuesday in the individual portion of the 77th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A men’s golf championships at Pinehurst No. 8.

Griffin, who tied for 10th in last year’s tournament and won it all in 2011, entered the final day three shots ahead for the field and wound up with a great 36-hole total of 135, nine under par. It was the best-ever 36-hole score in the separate 4-A tournament and the third lowest total ever in an NCHSAA championship since World War II.

There was a playoff for the runner-up spot, with Trey Guy of Fayetteville Terry Sanford beating defending champion Stephen Saleeby of Raleigh Broughton with a birdie on the first playoff hole to take second. Both Guy and Saleeby had 144 totals in regulation, with Guy firing a four-under par 68 on Tuesday.

There was also a playoff for fourth, with Phillip Oweida from Charlotte Myers Park knocking in an eagle on the first playoff hole to win over Seth Gandy of Cornelius Hough. Both golfers had 36-hole totals of 145.

Southern Pines Pinecrest and Myers Park finished in a deadlock for the team championship and had to go to a playoff as well. A birdie by Zack Martin of Pinecrest on the first playoff hole was the difference as the two teams finished with identical 36-hole scores of 591. Pinecrest had a team total of 19 on the playoff hole and Myers Park had all pars for a total of 20.

Hough was third overall at 597 and defending team champion Raleigh Broughton was fourth at 598.






HIGH POINT – Tyler Marion tossed a one-hit shut out and struck out seven as Westchester Country Day trounced Davidson Day 13-0 in the semifinals of the NCISAA 2A tournament. The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The No. 1-seed Wildcats (20-6) play host to Rocky Mount Academy in a best-of-3 championship that begins Friday at 6 p.m.

Marion also starred at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs. Myles Sowell went 4 for 3, doubles twice and had three RBIs



HIGH POINT – High Point Christian played longball and crushed Covenant Day 11-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCISAA 3A tournament Tuesday. The game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The Cougars (21-4) advance to play Providence Day or Rabun Gap in a semifinal game Friday at 3 p.m. at Finch Field.

Boston New cracked a three-run homer as he went 2 for 4 for the Cougars. Kennedy Hardy was 2 for 4 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. Ben White hit a solo homer in the sixth that gave HPCA the 10-run lead and ended the game. White finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Luke Gesell was 2 for 2 with a run scored. Levi Gesell was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Stephen Hemrick (7-0), got the win. He gave up two hits and an unearned run while striking out three in four innings.




HIGH POINT – No. 4-seed Wesleyan overcame an early three-run deficit and defeated Charlotte Country Day 9-4 in the quarterfinals of the NCISAA 3A tournament on Tuesday. 

The Trojans (18-6) face either Christ School or Charlotte Christian in a semifinal game at noon on Friday at Finch Field.

Down 3-0 after the top of the first, Wesleyan scored one run in the first, three in the second, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Hayden Manuel was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Beau Myers was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIS. Johnny Rollins was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Jack Mebious got the win as three pitchers gave up seven hits. He tossed two scoreless inning after coming on in relief after starter Lance Kowalski gave up two homers. Johnny Rollins pitched the last 4 2/3, giving up two hits, a run and a walk.



KING – David Newcomer went 4 for 4 and drove in five runs as Trinity topped West Stokes 10-0 in the second round of the state NCHSAA 2A playoffs Tuesday. 

Newcomer’s output included two singles, a double and a home run. Matt McQuaigue hit a two-run homer. Chase Clark was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Dylan Seay was 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

Bryce Lance got the win for the Bulldogs (17-11), who will return to action on Friday.





HIGH POINT – Cayla Cecil and Kayla Brewer combined on a two-hitter as Wesleyan stopped Wake Christian 9-0 in the second round of the NCISAA 3A playoffs.

The Trojans advance to the final four and will face Hickory Grove at Gaston Christian on Friday at 2 p.m.

Cecil got the win, striking out six in four innings. Brewer struck out five in three innings.

Leading hitters for Wesleyan included Sydney Parker (1 for 2, home run, two RBIs). Cecil ( 3 for 4), Brewer (3 for 4, two RBIs) and Ashton Prillaman (a home run and three RBIs).