DOBSON — The Surry Community College golf team is hard at practice this week, preparing for the national championship in Indiana next month.
With the end of the Region X season, the Knights picked up a few awards, including player of the year and coach of the year.
Tom Pendergraft received the Region X coach of the year award, and Chandler White was named player of the year after earning the medalist honor at the two-day regional championship at Emerald Golf Course in New Bern.
White shot 70 and 71 over the two days. SCC won its third consecutive Region X tournament title, posting a team score of 598 to blow away the competition.
Patrick Henry was the next closest Region X school with a 640, 42 strokes behind. Johnston and Vance-Granville community colleges were much farther back.
“Our team has been working hard all season,” stated Pendergraft. “I’ve been watching scores drop all year, and I really was not surprised at how well we played.”
“We have been really consistent all year long,” added Pendergraft. “This team has gotten better and better with each match.”
In this state, one of the Knights’ chief rivals is Sandhills Community College. Sandhills joined in with the Region X schools in last week’s event at New Bern and edged Surry for lowest score.
Sandhills beat Surry by 12 strokes, which may sound like a lot, but Pendergraft said that comes to about one or one and a half strokes per player each day.
Both colleges have qualified for the NJCAA Men’s Division II Golf Championship in Plymouth, Ind., starting on May 18.
“We have a great chance of putting up the best numbers that we have ever posted in the national tournament,” added Pendergraft. “These young men have a lot of talent and have been a pleasure to coach all year. Hopefully, we will play our best golf at the national tournament.”