HEFNER WINS INDIVIDUAL CROWN, LEADS NEWTON-CONOVERTO VICTORY IN NCHSAA 2-A GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
SOUTHERN 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 par 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.
The course was set at par 71 and 6,600 yards for the NCHSAA championship.
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.
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 began play in the two-day tournament.