From the sideline

Column: Zebulon boys golf team thrives on depth

July 25, 2013 

It’s no coincidence Zebulon’s boys team is leading the local division of the Eastern N.C. Junior Golf League this season like it has for the last several years.

Common elements on Zebulon’s boys teams in that time are three golfers – Neville Burton, William Lewis and Peyton Windley – who continue to shoot low and help keep Zebulon’s team score high week after week.

The trio practically grew up at Zebulon Country Club, where Windley’s father is the general manager. They were once the target of Rocky Winstead’s Thursday afternoon clinics at the golf course. They have for years now been the focus of the clinics, helping Winstead provide other young golfers with some one-one-one pointers.

Three golfers, however, can’t win a match by themselves. Other products of Zebulon’s golf program, like Connor Jones, Blake McShea and Robert Henderson, have done their part by placing high in a variety of age groups.

That depth has served the Zebulon boys well in recent seasons, and is something that truly separates them from the rest of the pack. Other ENCJGL teams have key players in this age group or that, but not the well-balanced spread Zebulon boasts.

The Zebulon team should have it easy wrapping up the regular season this Tuesday as they host the rest of the field for a 9-hole match at 9 a.m.

Mudcats shortstop Francisco Lindor: Wasn’t at Five County Stadium July 18 when I went to watch Carolina host the Winston-Salem Dash. That’s because he had played his debut game with the Akron Aeros two days before following a promotion to Double-A ball.

In 83 games with the Mudcats, Lindor posted a .306 average including 100 hits, 51 runs scored and 27 RBI. The promotion has gone well for Lindor who, through eight games with Akron, averaged .440 at the plate on 11 hits, 6 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Lindor was promoted July 15, one day after his appearance in the MLB All-Star Futures game, which took place July 14 at Citi Field.

Stan Okoye: The former Knightdale High School and Virginia Military Institute basketball standout played for the Nigerian national team in the Stankovic Cup amidst three NBA workouts this summer.

Okoye joined a roster of 15 players that went 1-4 with a win in the second game against China and losses to Australia, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Germany in the first of two round-robin tournaments. In the second tournament, Nigeria beat out Puerto Rico, 70-67, in a third-place playoff game to claim the bronze medal.

Okoye said the team began practice Wednesday for the 2013 FIBA Africa (AfroBasket) Championship, to be hosted by Ivory Coast Aug. 20–31.

Clayton hoops standout Gary Clark: Is getting even more attention than he has already received.

Greater Neuse River 4A teams, including East Wake and Knightdale, knew Clark was a force to be reckoned with as he averaged 14 rebounds and four blocked shots per game last season as a junior. Those who saw him play saw him score near his 24-point average, regardless of the opponent he faced.

The Greater Neuse will have its hands equally full, likely even more full, with the senior version of the 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward this fall.

Clark plans to have a college decision made by the start of the 2013-14 high school season and has plenty of options to choose from. Following an impressive performance in the Peach Jam in South Carolina, he added offers from N.C. State and Maryland to his assortment of ACC schools wanting his services come the fall of 2014.

Clark now has offers from six ACC members, including Clemson, Miami, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. He also has offers from 11 other D-I programs, including East Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth, Cincinnati, Wichita State and Xavier.

Staff writer D. Clay Best contributed.

Eastern Wake News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service