Bishop McGuinness rolls in 1A Men's Golf

BUIES CREEK-- Kernersville Bishop McGuinness rolled to a convincing team victory and also swept individual honors on Tuesday in the 14th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A men's golf championships at the Keith Hills Country Club.

Bishop McGuinness had a 29-shot lead in the team standings after the first day and wound up winning by 48 shots, recording 299 totals on both days of play for a 598 total. West Montgomery, the defending team champ, was second with a 646 and East Surry placed third at 669. The best four of six individual scores count toward the team total.

The championship was contested on a par-72, 6,625-yard layout for the NCHSAA event.

Bishop golfers took four of the top six spots and went one-two, with Stanhope Johnson taking medalist honors with rounds of 74 and 71 for a 145 total, good for a three-shot advantage over teammate Tanner Owen.

Patrick Cover of Pine Lake Preparatory, a charter school, was third at 149. Colyn Petty of Swain County captured fourth in a one-hole playoff with William Whitacre of Bishop McGuinness, after they tied with 152 totals after 36 holes.

Prior to 1986, all NCHSAA schools competed for a single title in an open tournament. Play went to three classifications in 1986 and then to four classes beginning with the 1998 tournaments.

A total of 84 golfers began play in the two-day tournament. Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.

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