GARNER — Surry Community College swept the top spots in a weekend men’s golf tournament.
The Knights took the top four spots on the leaderboard on the way to a 23-stroke team win at Eagle Ridge Golf Club. The course, designed by 1992 U.S. Open champ Tom Kite, is a par-71 that plays 6,904 yards long.
The two-day Eagle’s Cup Tournament was hosted by Wake Technical Community College. The four-school event also featured Johnston Community College and Patrick Henry Community College.
Leading the SCC men’s team this weekend was new associate head coach Justin Young. A North Surry graduate, Young played for the SCC team himself before becoming well known in recent years for his long-drive prowess.
Young said he joined the team under head coach Tom Pendergraft, but Tom was sick and couldn’t make the trip to Garner.
“I’ve been really enjoying myself,” said Young, hoping that the college will keep him around a long time.
The success of the golf team was an uplifting finish to a disappointing week for Young, who the weekend before was in the World Long Drive Championship.
Young had reached the final 16 three out of the previous five years, but didn’t advance far enough this time. After hitting well over the weekend, Young lost his first match on Monday, then lost his consolation match — this after finishing eighth in the world a year ago.
Young wasn’t the only favorite upset a week ago. Knocked out before the finals were Maurice Allen, Tommy Hug and Jeff Gavin. Two-time champion Tim Burke lost early on, but progressed through the loser’s bracket to at least make the televised portion of the event.
The Knights put together scores of 306 and 309 over the weekend for a team total of 615. That was 23 strokes better than the host school, Wake Tech, who was familiar with the course.
Winning the medalist honor with a top score of 151 was SCC’s Dylon Wooten, who graduated from Alleghany High.
Mount Airy graduate Christopher Dorsett was second, just three shots back at 154.
Two other teammates tied for third place at 155. Brook Jessup, an East Surry alum, and Dylan Ray, from Forbush, gave SCC a lock on the top spots.
Each school could play up to five men, with the top four scores counting toward team total.
SCC’s fifth man also had a good weekend as Hunter Maines, Wooten’s teammate from Alleghany, shot 167.
“The guys played great,” said Young. “There were a few shots they could do better; they probably could have squeezed it down to a 600.” Still, he noted, for the first tournament of the year and knocking the rust off, that’s a good tournament.
This course had some tight fairways and hazards, said Young. It was a shot-maker’s course, set up for someone who could keep it in bounds.
Dylon was striking the ball well, and that helped him shoot a low score, according to the coach.
The full golf season is in the spring, so most of the fall is made up of scrimmages, noted the associate coach.
SCC will host a scrimmage on Monday, Sept. 25, at Cross Creek Country Club. Then the team travels to Fayetteville Oct. 14-15 for a two-day tournament hosted by Fayetteville Tech at Baywood Golf Club.
On Nov. 4-5, Young said about 10 teams will travel to Cross Creek to take part in the Region X fall championship tournament.
While the event in Raleigh was a men’s-only event, Young noted that the college does have a female player again this year as sophomore Alexis Huffman, a Forbush graduate, returns for the Lady Knights.
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