WHISPERING PINES — Bishop McGuinness and East Surry are first and second after the first day of the state 1A golf championship.
The Villains and Cardinals were 1-2 in the Northwest Conference and the 1A West Regional before this week’s two-day tournament at the Country Club of Whispering Pines, midway between Asheboro and Fayetteville.
The Villains won the title last year by more than 40 strokes over second place and are on pace to do so again. The top four scores from the six-man team came to 301, while East totaled a 323.
The Cards were just four strokes better than Pine Lake Prep, while Alleghany was sixth with a 343.
Bishop’s Tanner Owen and Reilly Erhardt were the top two scorers from the Northwest Conference season, and East Surry’s Jordan Vogler won the west regional. Those three shot low scores again on the first day.
Erhard scored 71 for first place. Owen and Avery County’s Chance Watson were tied for second just a stroke behind.
Vogler was just four strokes behind Owen at 76, but in the competitive field he was only tied for ninth place.
Teammate Jack Edwards tied for 12th with a 78. Brock Jessup shot 84, Joseph Marion 85, Oscar Needham 90 and Dustin Hutchens 100.
Mount Airy’s Bailey Bouma competed as an individual and tied with Marion at 85.
In the 2A state championship at Longleaf Golf & Country Club, South Stokes was seventh (323) and West Stokes 12th (337).
The Sauras were just two strokes from fifth place, while the Wildcats were only five strokes from the top 10.
South Stokes’ Keenan Denny and Wesley Lineberry each shot 79. Wilkes Central’s Chandler Metz, playing as an individual, shot a 76. Jesse Robertson was West’s top scorer at 82.