Cowboys, Bison play well at Oak Hollow
Southwest Guilford, High Point Central and Ragsdale all have their sights set on second and third, with Northwest Guilford firmly in control of the conference lead.
On a breezy, cool Wednesday afternoon at Oak Hollow Golf Course, the Cowboys — tying their low round this year — and the Bison both played well, finishing second and third respectively, in the fourth of six Piedmont Triad 4A Conference matches to further bunch the teams.
“We needed this today,” Southwest coach Ryan Richmond said. “It’s nothing that’s out of the question (making regionals). All three of these teams are in the hunt right now. So, it’s going to be close.”
Behind Northwest with a 150, Southwest shot a 154 , followed by Central (155), Ragsdale (161), East Forsyth (170) and Glenn (172) rounded out the team scores. Northwest’s Grant Powell and Hunter Boggs and East’s Scott Campbell were individual medalists, each with a 36.
The third-place Bison cut five shots off the second-place Tigers’ 11-shot lead, while the Cowboys picked up a shot on Central’s seven-shot lead. The PTC’s top three teams, following the 18-hole conference championship at the end of the month, advance to the regionals.
“We had a really bad outing a couple weeks ago at Maple Leaf in the second conference match,” Central coach Troy Smith said. “We lost a lot of ground, so we really put ourselves in a situation where we have very little room for error the rest of the season.
“So, our whole goal coming into today was to make up ground on Ragsdale, which had an 11-shot lead coming into today. So, we cut that in half — and that was good for us. I don’t think we shot as well as we’re capable. But we were solid enough to cut into that, which was our goal.”
Zach Lance and Ryan Hardy each shot 1-over 37 to lead Southwest, while Drew Adams and Sean Hardy each shot 40. Harrison Frye and Ryan Eskew each shot 39 to lead the Bison, followed by Will Kemp with a 37 and Lee Sanderlin and Matthew Benton each shot 40.
David Song and Bret Bartko led the Tigers, each with a 38, while Xan Swaim shot a 41 and William Stenmark added a 44. Counting scores for Glenn were: Trevor Blevins with a 37, followed by Ryan Foley (44), Tom Coleman (45) and Justin Absure (46).
“I was pleased with how we played today,” Richmond said. “I don’t think the wind affected us too much, and it wasn’t too cold – the kids were fine. We had a few lip-outs today. So, it could’ve been better. But I was pleased with how they played.”
With just two conference matches left after spring break (the next coming April 21 at Greensboro National), the next few weeks will be key heading into the 18-hole conference championship match April 28 at Jamestown Park that could decide which teams advance.
“Consistency,” Smith said of what his team needs to do. “... If we’re able to find some consistency and get out on the course and just swing a club on a consistent basis, I think that’s going to help us out.
“Our room for error is very small. Ragsdale’s playing really well; Southwest’s playing really well. But we’ve got to play consistent, smart golf. And if we do that, I think we’ll hopefully be in that top 3. But, unfortunately, there’s going to be a good team left out.”