Jeff Linville firstname.lastname@example.org
March 17, 2014
SPRING LAKE — Surry Community College’s men’s golf team picked up its second win in as many weekends.
The Knights edged Sand Hill Community College by six strokes at Anderson Creek Golf Course.
There were several schools at the event; four of them had enough men to field a team, while others had individual players involved, according to Coach Tom Pendergraft.
The three members of the Lady Knights team also played in the event, the coach noted.
Anderson Creek was designed by PGA golfer Davis Love III and opened in 2001.
The course was beautiful, but played tough, especially with the wind gusting all day long, Pendergraft said.
Whereas the guys played the previous weekend, this was the first time out for the women, he said. The ladies hit the ball solidly, but with the wind there were several balls going out of play.
Erica Gilniard led the team with a 91. North Surry graduates Kasie Tolbert and Gatlin Hiatt shot 96 and 107 respectively.
Pendergraft said he feels that the women will be fine after they make the adjustment to college distances.
In high school, Kasie and Gatlin played from the red tees, he said. For example, when the two played at Silo Run, the red tees measured 2,422 for nine holes or 4,836 for 18.
This course was 1,000 yards longer than that at 5,850 for the women, according to the coach.
Kasie and Gatlin are good ball strikers and will adjust, he said, expecting to see them shoot lower scores in the future.
As for the men, the Knights scored a 331.
Johnston Community College was second with a 334, and Sand Hill (the school that Pendergraft thought was his closest competition) actually finished third at 337. Patrick Henry was fourth at 347.
The coach said last week that he was looking for his top four to shoot around 80 — which would give a team score of 320, but the conditions and the course proved tough.
“It wasn’t a pretty win, but it’s still a win,” he said. What most impressed him was how his players kept their morale up, not letting a few tough holes get them down.
Top seed Ryan Wilson shot 86 and second seed Chandler White 85.
Like last week, third seed McKinley Johnson posted the team’s best score at 79.
McKinley is playing well enough to deserve to be seeded higher, said the coach, but the young man said he likes being in the third spot as it takes away the pressure of playing against the opponent’s best man.
For Surry Central’s two alumni, Matthew Snow was second at 82 and Ryan High tied for third at 85.
A sixth player, Dalton Berry, had to withdraw with an injury.
Pendergraft said Berry suffered a knee injury in football in high school and tweaked that knee hitting out of a sand trap on Friday. Berry and the coach agreed he should sit out the rest of the day.
It’s tough to keep an eye on everyone with the men and women play on the same days, the coach said. This coming weekend, the teams are split up on different days, so he can have more time to watch over them.
On Friday and Saturday, the men will play at Louisburg College’s home course, while the women play Monday and Tuesday at Johnston’s home course.