GREENSBORO Charlotte Christian’s Aaron Walker had played good golf this high school season – just not good enough to win tournaments.
Walker finally pulled it off, and at the perfect time.
Walker followed up one of his best rounds of the season with another Tuesday, edging SouthLake Christian’s Jon Henry by one stroke to win the individual title at the N.C. Independent Athletic Association 3A state tournament.
Walker, a junior, posted back-to-back 3-under-par 69s over the two-day tournament on Bryan Park’s Champions Course to finish at 6-under 138. Henry, who shared the lead with Walker after the first day, shot a 2-under 70 to finish a shot back.
“I wouldn’t have guessed with this field that I’d come out winning,” Walker said. “I’ve been playing pretty well, but haven’t quite broke through. This was the perfect tournament to do so.”
Arden’s Christ School, aided by two players finishing in the top 10, won the team title by four strokes over 2013 state champ Forsyth Country Day (586-590). Concord’s Cannon School was third at 592, two shots ahead of Charlotte Christian (594).
Walker and Henry began Tuesday’s round heading in opposite directions.
Henry, who was in the first group to tee off Tuesday, shot 3-over on the front nine holes, with a birdie offset by four bogeys. But he nearly made up for that on the back nine, with five birdies.
“I didn’t even think I had a chance making the turn to the back nine,” Henry said. “But when I made those birdies, I knew I had a chance. ... But I know Aaron, and he’s been playing well.”
Meanwhile, Walker was steady throughout, making up for a double-bogey on No. 9 with two birdies and then an eagle on the par-5 No. 3. He opened the back nine with back-to-back birdies, enough of a cushion that a bogey on the final hole didn’t prove costly.
“I was a little nervous coming out. ... but I was feeling really good about my game,” Walker said. “After I strung together a few pars and made a few good shots, I wasn’t nervous anymore.
“No. 9 was my worst hole – I bogeyed it (Monday) and doubled it today. But when I made those two birdies … I was feeling pretty good again.”
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less