NASHVILLE — Zebulon youth golfers shot two of the four low rounds of 41 on Tuesday, when the local division of the Eastern North Carolina Junior Golf League held its second match of the summer season.
Owning half of the low-round count at host Birchwood Country Club helped as the Zebulon boys team (42.5 season points) expanded on its early lead over the Willow Springs Country Club boys (34.5).
Willow Springs’ boys had trailed Zebulon by just half a point after hosting the first round of the six-match season on June 18. The two teams have been known to play each other close through the final weeks of recent seasons.
After two weeks, Willow Springs and Zebulon are a far reach from the rest of the boys pack. Birchwood (15.5) is in third place, followed by Wendell (14), Peachtree Hills (11), Southern Wayne (7.5) and Cardinal (5) country clubs.
On the girls’ end, Willow Springs leads with 20.5 points, followed by Birchwood (13.5), Peachtree Hills (12.5), Zebulon (5), Wendell (4) and Cardinal (0.5).
The low round in each age division earns 4.5 points for the player’s team, and so on, with 1.5 points awarded to the fourth-best score. Every golfer is awarded a minimum of a half point for completing a round. Each team designates a 12-player roster that determines team scoring for each match.
The Zebulon boys got matching 41s by Blake McShea in the 14-15 age group and William Lewis in the 16-18 division. McShea carded the same score in week one and tied for first place both weeks. Lewis finished first outright in week two.
Peyton Windley, another of Zebulon’s top contributors, shot 42 at Birchwood to claim first place in the 12-13 boys group for the second week in a row.
Three more Zebulon golfers placed in the match. Neville Burton (42) tied for second in the 16-18 age group, while Robert Henderson (43) placed third in the 10-11 boys division after tying for first place in week one with a match-low 37. Brian Bowden (48) finished in a tie for third in the 14-15 boys field.
Others competing for the Zebulon boys team were Christopher Tandy (50), Daniel Carter and Mason Hale (53), Troy Bennett (54), Reid Herber (59), Mason Horton and Robert Driver (61), Evan Canton (62), Chance Puckett (65) and Evan Bunn (69).
The Wendell boys were led by Kirby Yeargin’s round of 44, which gave him a second-place finish in the 12-13 age group for the second straight week. Reed Miller (50) tied for fourth in the same age division. He had posted a third-place finish in week one.
Also competing for the Wendell boys were Justin Poole (52), Baker Lee (57) and Davis Clemmons (61).
The Wendell and Zebulon teams fielded a combined three girls – all who compete in the 10-13 age division – for Tuesday’s match.
Wendell’s Skyler Pritchett shot 69, good for fourth place, while her teammate Hannah Finch finished with 70 and Zebulon’s Stevie May Almond carded 71.
Following a two-week break for the Fourth of July holiday, the local ENCJGL is scheduled to resume with a match Tuesday, July 16, at Wendell Country Club. All matches are nine holes and begin at 9 a.m.