The Hough boys' golf team knew it had talent coming into its first season.
"We were all (No.) 1 or 2 at our old schools," said junior David Sargent, the No. 2 golfer at Hopewell last season. "We all had high expectations."
Also having solid players from North Mecklenburg and Lake Norman Charter, Hough coach Erik Herberth said the Huskies had five talented golfers who could win any tournament from the beginning.
Junior Conner Lewis, a former Viking, said getting along with his new teammates didn't take long. "We all knew each other pretty well," he said. "We were all comfortable with each other."
In addition to Sargent and Lewis, junior Mace Timberlake and sophomores Clay Brown and Peyton White made key contributions. Hough's top five finished the year among the six best golfers in the I-Meck, leading the Huskies to regular-season and tournament conference titles: They also were named all-conference.
Although the Huskies didn't make states as a team, finishing fifth at last week's 4A West Regional after a disappointing day, they are happy with the season.
Sargent, the I-Meck Player of the Year after carding a 74 to win the I-Meck tournament last month, said Hough's success grew from its players' "team-first" mentality. "It didn't really matter what number we were," said Sargent. "We just wanted to come together and play as well as we could."
Sargent began the season as the team's No. 2 player with Lewis at the top spot, but that changed midway through the year. Sargent had the most successful individual season for the Huskies, earning a spot at the 4A state championship after shooting a 74 at regionals. He finished his year with a two-day score of 149 at the championship, shooting a 73 on Tuesday to better his previous round by 3 strokes.