Clement sets record in 2A Golf Championship

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. --- Justin Clement of West Davidson fired a brilliant seven-under par 64 on Tuesday to catapult up the leader board and win the individual championship of the 24th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A men's golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.

Clement, who was third after Monday's round, blistered the back nine with a 30 and wound up with a 136 total. His round of 64 was the lowest ever shot in an NCHSAA championship and his 136 total was the second best all-time, behind a 134 shot by East Davidson's John Carter III in 1999 at Broken Arrow in Statesville.

Clement¹s score was seven shots better than North Lincoln's Miller Capps, who had rounds of 74 and 69 for a 143 total on Longleaf's par-71, 6,543-yard layout. Zach Lawing of North Lincoln and first-day leader Scott Novicki of South Lenoir tied for third at 146, 10 shots off the pace.

Led by Capps and Lawing, North Lincoln stormed to the team title by a whopping 18 shots with a team total of 600. Mayodan Dalton McMichael was second at 618 and South Lenoir placed third at 621. The best four of six individual scores counted 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 competed in the two-day tournament. Wendy¹s is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.

Final Team Standings
1. North Lincoln 305-295--600
2. Mayodan Dalton McMichael 305-313--618
3. South Lenoir 308-313--621
4. Salisbury 319-308--627
5. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 315-313--628
6. Shelby 315-318--633
7. Wilkes Central 324-315--639
8. Roanoke Rapids 322-319--641
9. Clinton 327-319--646
10.West Henderson 318-329--647
11. Lenoir Hibriten 339-326--665
12. Pasquotank 342-346--688

Final Individual Leaders
1. Justin Clement, West Davidson 72-64--136
2. Miller Capps, North Lincoln 74-69--143
3. Zach Lawing, North Lincoln 71-75--146
Scott Novicki ,South Lenoir 69-77--146
5. Spencer Jones, Shelby 75-73--148
6. Rich Leeper,Carrboro 74-75--149
7. Jay Brown, McMichael 77-73--150
8 Jackson Collier, Roanoke Rapids 77-74--151
Tom Duty, Jacksonville Northside 79-72--151
10. Alex Nianouris, Salisbury 76-76--152
Kyle Simpson, East Duplin 79-73--152
Brandon Wright, Cardinal Gibbons 77-75--152
13. Roy Dixon, Salisbury 78-75--153
Russ Piercy, North Lincoln 79-74--153
15. Danny Dippel. West Henderson 75-79--154
Joseph Rierson, McMichael 75-79--154

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