WENDELL — Zebulon’s boys built on their lead and Wendell’s boys broke a tie with Birchwood Country Club to take third place in the local Eastern N.C. Junior Golf League standings on Tuesday.
The Zebulon Country Club team had three golfers place atop three different age divisions. Among those was Blake McShea, whose round of 36 in the 14-15 boys group was good for medalist honors in the 9-hole match held at Wendell Country Club.
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.
Zebulon’s boys remained undefeated on the season with a team score of 23 points Tuesday. They were trailed by the teams from Willow Springs Country Club of Wilson (18), Wendell Country Club (7.5), Peachtree Hills Country Club in Spring Hope (6), Birchwood Country Club of Nashville (4.5), Southern Wayne Country Club of Mount Olive (3.5) and Cardinal Country Club of Selma (.5).
Through three of the five matches of the regular season, Zebulon leads the league with 65.5 points, followed by Willow Springs (52.5), Wendell (21.5), Birchwood (18.5), Peachtree Hills (17), Southern Wayne (11) and Cardinal (5.5).
Standings remained the same in girls action. Willow Springs posted 11.5 team points Tuesday and leads with 31 points on the season. Second-place Birchwood (22.5 season points) tallied 9 team points, while Peachtree Hills (20) posted 7.5 and Zebulon (5.5) added a half-point. Wendell remained at 3.5 season points, having no girls golfers compete in the match, and Cardinal doubled its season team count with a half-point at the Wendell course.
The next-to-last match of the season will be held at Southern Wayne Country Club in Mount Olive this Tuesday. The Zebulon Country Club team will host the final match of the regular season on July 30. The 9-hole matches begin at 9 a.m.
Tuesday results for golfers from Wendell and Zebulon are as follows:
Zebulon’s Robert Henderson claimed second place outright with a 9-hole total of 41 – a 2-stroke improvement over his score in the second match of the season at Birchwood.
Earning half-points were Henderson’s teammates Daniel Carter and Chance Puckett with rounds of 50 and 58, respectively, and Wendell golfer Baker Lee with a 62.
Peyton Windley fired a low score of 37, giving the Zebulon team 4.5 points. Wendell dominated the age group from that point onward, with Matthew Hayes’ second-place score of 38 and Reed Miller’s third-place round of 42.
Peyton Weatherspoon (47), Jackson Anderson (52), Mason Horton (62), Drake Weatherspoon (63) and Evan Canton (64) rounded out team scoring for Zebulon. For Wendell, Justin Poole carded a 51 and Eric Sunderlin shot 55. Kirby Yeargin, who placed second in the division in each of the first two matches of the season, withdrew mid-match due to sickness.
Behind McShea’s 36, his Zebulon teammate Troy Bennett shot 40, good for a tie for third place in the age division. Zebulon golfers Brian Bowden, Robert Driver and Evan Bunn shot 42, 49 and 67, respectively.
Neville Burton posted a 38 to claim the age division and give Zebulon another 4.5 team points. His longtime teammate Williams Lewis shot 40 to tie for fourth, despite his round of 41 the week before earning him a first-place finish.
Zebulon’s Stevie May Almond was the only local girl to compete Tuesday. She carded a 71 to add a half point to her team’s season score.