HUNTERSVILLE Last year, Myers Park’s Henry Shimp found himself in contention for medalist honors at the N.C. 4A West Regional.
Shimp got knocked out early in a playoff, and vowed to avoid such a fate this year.
One spectacular shot made that possible, as Shimp shot a 5-under-par 67 to beat teammate Hoke Carlton by two strokes for the regional title Monday at NorthStone Country Club.
Shimp and Carlton, who shot a 3-under 69, also led the Mustangs to their second straight regional team title with a total score of 289, 11 strokes ahead of Hough (300).
“A couple of our guys didn’t play as well as they usually have,” Myers Park coach Jason Lockwood said. “But Henry and Hoke made up for it. A 67 and 69 is pretty strong out here.”
Providence finished third at 301, one shot ahead of Charlotte Catholic, to earn the final team berth in next week’s 4A state championships in Sanford.
Shimp, a sophomore, was one of two Mustangs players returning from last year’s regional team, which lost in a playoff to Pinecrest at the 4A state tournament at Pinehurst.
As a freshman, Shimp was one of four players to shoot 2-under 70 in last year’s regional tournament, eventually won by South Mecklenburg’s Will Rainey in a six-hole playoff.
“I wasn’t thinking about that during the tournament,” Shimp said. “But I did want to avoid that playoff this year.”
Yet during the closing stages of Monday’s regional, it was Carlton – a junior who won the Southwestern 4A tournament last week – who had command.
Playing in the group ahead of Shimp, Carlton finished the front nine holes at NorthStone with a one-shot lead, and he still had that margin with three holes remaining.
Shemp turned things around on NorthStone’s par-5 No. 16, holing out for a double-eagle to take a two-shot lead. Carlton made up a stroke with a birdie on No. 17, but he lost it with a bogey at No. 18.
“We were paying attention to how the other was doing,” Carlton said. “I was the one who told (Lockwood) ‘(Shimp) just holed out on 16.’ I knew it was going to be close then.”
Ardrey Kell’s Hunter Oxford finished third with a 2-under 70, and was one of three individuals to qualify for the state tournament, which will b on the Carolina Trace Country Club’s Lake course.
The other qualifiers were Watauga’s Austin Northern, who tied with Providence’s Nolan Nelson with 1-under 71s; and Charlotte Catholic’s Will Straub, who tied for seventh with Hough’s Blake Wagoner at 2-over 74.
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