WHISPERING PINES — The Granite Bears couldn’t recapture the magic of a year ago on the second and final day of the NCHSAA 1A state golf championships. Still, fifth in the state isn’t bad at all.
It would have taken an extremely strong second day, as well as red-hot Lincoln Charter cooling off, for Mount Airy to have any chance of defending its state championship on Tuesday afternoon. Neither happened, as the Bears once again had a difficult time with the par-72 Pines Course at the Country Club of Whispering Pines on day two.
Lincoln Charter didn’t play as well in Tuesday’s blustery conditions as it did on Monday, but the team’s 27-over score for the day was more than enough to give the Eagles the state title by 13 strokes over Community School of Davidson, which finished as state runner-up for the second year in a row. The top traditional school team was Alleghany, which beat the Bears and East Surry at the regionals last week. The Trojans had a two-day total of 656. They had been tied with Mount Airy for second after the first day, but Alleghany was 20 strokes better on Tuesday and claimed fourth place overall.
The third-best traditional school, and seventh overall, was East Surry, which finished at 700 for the two days.
Two members of the local teams, one Bear and one Cardinal, appeared on the individual leaderboard. Mount Airy’s Reagan Fitzgibbons shot 77-78 — 155 to finish in a tie for 10th place, while East’s Landon Barnes shot 80-79 — 159 for 14th. Nick Smith of Union Academy won the state individual title with a score of 73-72 — 145, or one over par. Alleghany’s Dylon Wooten was second, two strokes behind.
Rounding out the lineup in the finals for Mount Airy were Sam Nester, Nabyant Wagner, Zach Hall and Drew Tilley. The other Cardinals who competed included Zeke Bruner, Will Felts, Jason Moore and Parker Tilley.