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Hough’s Patrick Cover leads 4A state golf tournament

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Hough’s Patrick Cover shot a 4-under-par 68 at Carolina Trace Country Club to take a three-shot lead on Day One of the N.C. 4A championships Monday.

In Tuesday’s final round, Cover will have a chance to become the first Mecklenburg County golfer to win the 4A state final since Independence’s Per Wickman in 1992.

In the team race, Raleigh Broughton has a five-shot lead on Southern Pines Pinecrest, the reigning 4A champ. Hough is third and Myers Park fourth. Individually, Ardrey Kell’s Hunter Oxford shot a 72 to tie for third.

• In the 3A event, Gastonia’s Forestview High has a one-stroke lead over Burlington Williams. Marvin Ridge and Weddington are tied for third nine shots back. In the individual race, Weddington’s Alex Simpson shot a 69 to grab a three-shot lead over Forestview teammates Will Blalock and Harris Frye. Burlington Williams’ William Register also is tied for third after a 72.

• In 2A, reigning state champ Newton-Conover grabbed an eight-shot advantage, with Shelby second. Individually, Salisbury’s Eric Edwards shot a 2-under 69 at Longleaf Golf and Country Club. Newton-Conover’s Trey Burton and Shelby’s Elliott Grayson trail by one shot.

• Kernersville Bishop McGuinness has won the past three 1A state titles and is position to win a fourth. It has a 23-shot lead over East Surry. Mooresville’s Pine Lake Prep is third, 26 shots back.

Reilly Erhardt of Bishop McGuinness shot a 71 and has a one-shot lead in the individual race.

• At the N.C. Independent Schools 3A championships, Charlotte Christian’s Aaron Walker and SouthLake Christian’s Jon Henry each shot 3-under 69s to grab the lead. Charlotte Latin’s Connor Bosek is third with a 70.

Arden’s Christ School took the first-day lead with a 290. Cannon School (298) and Charlotte Christian (299) were second and third.

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