Mecklenburg County’s high school golf championship drought might be nearing an end.
Three Mecklenburg high schools carry leads into Tuesday’s final rounds of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s golf tournaments. The last time a Mecklenburg County school won a state public school title in the sport was in 2004, when Charlotte Catholic claimed the crown.
Charlotte Catholic appears to be in the best position to break through this year, as the Cougars has a nine-stroke lead after the opening round of the 3A tournament at Longleaf Country Club in Southern Pines.
In the 4A tournament at Pinehurst No. 6, Ardrey Kell has a four-shot edge.
And Community School of Davidson leads by two strokes in the 1A tournament at Foxfire Resort’s Red Fox course in Jackson Springs.
The 2A tournament leads is Midway, which has a 15-stroke bulge over runner-up Monroe Central Academy.
Here is a look at the first-day results from Monday:
4A: Cameron Whitney fired a 2-under-par 70, leading the medalist race and giving Ardrey Kell the lead with a team score of 299. Raleigh Broughton (303), Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (305), Hough (309) and Southern Pines Pinecrest (309) round out the top five.
Myers Park (310) is sixth, and Indian Trail Porter Ridge (320) is 10th.
In the medalist battle, Whitney has a one-stroke lead over Spencer Oxendine of Fayetteville Jack Britt. Hough’s Thomas Deal shot a 72, and Myers Park’s Luke Hackworth fired a 73.
3A: Charlotte Catholic bolted to a big lead with a 305 team score. The Cougars did it with consistency, as Drew Hackett, Jack Heath and Will Sleeper each fired 4-over 76’s. Marvin Ridge is tied with Clayton for second, at 314. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor and Eastern Alamance (320) are tied for fourth.
Boiling Springs Crest (324) is eighth and East Rowan (327) ninth.
The medalist leader is Garrett Clark of Burlington Williams, with a 73. Kings Mountain’s Alex Goff is tied with Asheboro’s Sam Davidson for second, one stroke behind. Logan Costner of Crest and Bryson Sparkle of East Rowan are tied for fourth, at 75.
2A: Midway shot a 319 at the Country Club of Whispering Pines, for a big lead over Central Academy (334). Lake Norman Charter (335), West Stanly (343) and Clinton (344) round out the top five. West Lincoln (359) and Morganton Patton (363) are sixth and seventh.
Midway’s Logan Patrick fired a 1-under-par 71 for the medalist lead. Shelby’s Zack Byers is one stroke back. Central Academy’s Nick Song (74) is in a tie for fourth place.
1A: This tournament looks like a two-team race between Community School of Davidson (322) and Lincoln Charter (324). Mooresville Pine Lake Prep is third, at 346, followed by Hayesville (347) and Raleigh Franklin Academy (350). Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Academy is 10th, at 387.
William Crook of Lincolnton leads the medalist race with a 1-over 73. Two shots back is Pierce Robinson of Thomas Jefferson Academy, and Gastonia Highland Tech’s Addison Beam fired a 77.
William Crook (Lincoln Charter golf): Crook’s 1-over-par 73 at Foxfire Resort’s Red Fox course was the best score on the first day of the state 1A golf tournament.
Kelsey Long (Indian Trail girls’ soccer): Long scored four goals, three in the first half, as Indian Land dumped Woodruff 6-0 in the S.C. 3A Upper State finals. The victory moves Indian Land into Saturday’s 3A state title match.
Chloe Thomas (Richburg Lewisville girls’ softball): Thomas improved her season record to 19-4, firing a four-hitter as Lewisville trounced Ware Shoals 19-1 in the winners’ bracket final of the S.C. 1A Upper State finals.
Cameron Whitney (Ardrey Kell boys’ golf): Whitney fired a 2-under-par 70 at Pinehurst No. 6, leading the Knights to the first-day lead in the state 4A golf tournament.
Greenville J.L. Mann 4, Clover 1 (OT): After playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation, J.L. Mann exploded with two goals in the first overtime and another in the extra session, winning this S.C. 5A Upper State championship match. J.L. Mann will play for the 5A state crown Saturday.
Indian Land 6, Woodruff 0: Indian Land cruised to the 3A Upper State title, behind Kelsey Long’s four goals. Emily Gerdes’ early tally put her team ahead to stay. Indian Land will face Daniel Island Bishop England at noon Saturday at Irmo High for the state championship.
Duncan Byrnes 2, Fort Mill 1: Byrnes scored two unearned runs and edged the Yellowjackets in the 5A state playoffs’ Upper State winners bracket final. Fort Mill now has an elimination game at home Wednesday against Boiling Springs. The winner faces Byrnes in the finals.
Iva Crescent 9, Indian Land 8: The loss ended Indian Land’s bid in the S.C. 3A playoffs.
Lancaster 7, Belton-Honea Path 1: The Bruins won an elimination game in the S.C. 4A Upper State tournament. They’ll travel to North Augusta on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the Upper State finals.
Lancaster Buford 15, Cheraw 12: Buford won this high-scoring elimination game in the S.C. 2A Upper State playoffs. The Yellowjackets will travel Wednesday to Andrew Jackson, with the winner facing Landrum for the Upper State title.
Landrum 2, Kershaw Andrew Jackson 0: The Volunteers were held to one hit and dropped to the elimination bracket of the 2A Upper State playoffs. Andrew Jackson hosts Lancaster Buford in an elimination game Wednesday.
Richburg Lewisville 19, Ware Shoals 1: The Lions moved within one victory of the Upper State title with this rout. Winning pitcher Chloe Thomas fired a four-hitter and went 3-for-5 with five RBI. Amber Bass went 3-for-4, with a double and triple, and drove in six runs.
Lewisville will host the winner of Wednesday’s McBee-Ware Shoals game at 5 p.m. Friday for the Upper State crown.
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