Hickory's Poston sets 36-Hole NCHSAA Record

FOXFIRE VILLAGE — Hickory's J.T. Poston clinched his second consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association individual championship in record fashion on Tuesday in the 26th annual state 3-A men's golf championships at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club.

Poston, the defending individual champion, fired the lowest 36-hole total in the history of the NCHSAA championships by putting up a 68 on Tuesday to go with a blistering nine-under 63 on the opening day for a 13-under par total of 131. He had a nine-shot advantage over second place Robert Register of Burlington Williams.

The previous low score for 36 holes was a 134 by East Davidson's John Carter III at Broken Arrow in Statesville in the 1999 championships.

The championship was held on a par-72, 6,851-yard layout for the NCHSAA event.

Burlington Williams, under veteran head coach Tommy Cole, surged ahead with a 288 on the final day of play for a 579 total, five shots ahead of Hickory as Robert Register (67 on Tuesday) and William Register (71) led the way. Gastonia Forestview, the first day leader by three shots with a 288, had a 300 on Tuesday for a 588 total, good for third place.

The best four of six individual scores count toward the team total.

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 event. Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.

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