BUIES CREEK — Harnett Central’s Alex Molgaard posted a lower nine-hole figure last Wednesday than any other Greater Neuse River 4A Conference golfer has shot this season.
Working against Molgaard, however, the match on Central’s home course, Keith Hills Golf Club, didn’t end after nine holes. He coupled his 3-under-par 33 on the front nine with a 41 on the way in for an 18-hole round of 74, good for second place.
West Johnston’s Scott Freeman – the only golfer ahead of Molgaard in individual standings through the first seven matches of the season – showed consistency as he carded 35-36 for a 1-under-par 71 to claim medalist honors. David Chavis shaved 18 strokes off his score from the prior week, shooting 77 and helping West Johnston claim a 1-stroke win over Central.
There was no movement in the team standings following Wednesday’s round as the team’s finished the match in the same order they were already situated.
West Johnston’s best four individual scores produced a team score of 317, while Central, aided by Zach Freeman’s third-place round of 75, finished with a total of 318. Clayton placed third with a team score of 350 and followed by Garner (352), Knightdale (378), Smithfield-Selma (398), Southeast Raleigh (408) and East Wake (443).
Clayton was led by Matt King’s 86 and had three golfers finish at 88 – Taylor Doering, Alex Owens and Drew Edwards.
Garner and Knightdale both saw one golfer break 90 in the match. Michael Otteson shot 79 for the Trojans and Justin Smith fired an 87 for the Knights.
Jonathan Jarman led Smithfield-Selma with a round of 90 and Robert Wright’s 88 was Southeast Raleigh’s only score under the 90 mark. Adam Sauls and Joe Edwards gave East Wake its two lowest rounds of the day at 102 and 106, respectively.
West Johnston entered the final week of the regular season with a 5.5-point lead over Harnett Central in the team standings – likely enough to hold off Central for the conference crown.
Only Garner and East Wake were in reasonable position to make a jump in the standings in the final conference match, held Tuesday at Reedy Creek Golf Course, the home course of West Johnston.
Garner, the league’s No. 4 team entering the final round, trailed Clayton by a half a point, while No. 8 East Wake sat two points behind Southeast.
Golfers who qualify will compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A Regional. That event is scheduled for May 6 at Pinehurst No. 1.
From staff reports