WEST END — Two area golfers can say they are two best 1A traditional school golfers in the state.
Landon Barnes of East Surry and Chris Fillingame of Starmount tied for seventh place in the NCHSAA 1A Men’s Golf State Championship tournament held Wednesday and Thursday at the Foxfire Golf Club and Resort in West End, near Pinehurst. All six of the golfers ahead of them were representatives of non-traditional schools.
Barnes, who was the Northwest 1A Conference Player of the Year for 2018, had qualified for states by finishing third at the Midwest Regional last week at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. He was the low-scoring player from a traditional school there and the Cardinals were the best traditional school team at the regionals, shooting 326 as a team. Four East Surry players, including Barnes, Jason Moore, Will Felts and Zeke Bruner, were all named All-Conference. Barnes and Moore qualified for the state meet.
Barnes shot a 78 in the opening round of the state finals and was five shots off the lead, in fourth place. Starmount’s Fillingame was one stroke behind him, while Moore struggled on the first day with an 89.
On day two, Moore cut five strokes off his first-day performance and ended up tied for 21st overall in the tournament, including sixth overall among the traditional school players. Barnes shot 82 on the second day and Fillingame 81, which left the two players tied for seventh overall at 160 for the tournament.
Addison Beam of Highland Tech won the individual state title with a two-day total of 150.
At the regionals, East finished behind only Community School of Davidson, which went on to win the state title, Lincoln Charter and Pine Lake Prep, who finished second and third at states, respectively. The Cardinals were three shots behind PLP’s score of 323, and 14 shots ahead of fourth-place East Wilkes.
Barnes’ 75 was two shots back of the co-medalists. Moore and Felts both shot 81, and Bruner shot 89. Mount Airy also competed at the regional, with Sam Nester their low man at 86. Nabyant Wagner shot 95, Drew Tilley 96, and Brock Heck 122.