Bunner Takes 1A Medalist

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. --- Defending individual champion Greg Bunner of Gastonia Highland Tech fired a two-under par 69 on Tuesday to take the individual championship in the 13th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A men's golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.

Bunner had a 36-hole score of 142, three shots better than Stanhope Johnson of Kernersville Bishop McGuinness. Ethan Sasser of West Montgomery won a playoff with Mitchell's Thomas Buchanan for third.

The championship was held on a par-71, 6,543-yard layout for the NCHSAA event.

West Montgomery entered the final day of play just one shot off the team lead, behind Bishop McGuinness, and recorded an even 300 to win the championship by nine shots with a 612 total. Highland Tech placed third at 628.

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 competed in the two-day tournament.

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

Team Standings

  1. West Montgomery 312-300--612
  2. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness 311-310--621
  3. Gastonia Highland Tech 316-312--628
  4. Misenheimer Gray Stone Day 330-317--647
  5. Lake Norman Charter 324-326--650
  6. Mitchell 326-328--654
  7. Midway 350-348--698
  8. Williamston 362-343--705
  9. Southwest Onslow 371-356--727
  10. Seven Springs Spring Creek 366-373--739
  11. Dixon 421-388--809
  12. N.C. Science and Math 353-NS--NS

Individual Leaders (par 71)

  1. Greg Bunner, Gastonia Highland Tech 73-69--142
  2. Stanhope Johnson, Bishop McGuinness 75-70--145
  3. Ethan Sasser, West Montgomery 73-74--147
  4. Thomas Buchanan, Mitchell 73-74--147
  5. Colyn Petty, Swain 81-74--153
  6. Mark Sowinski, Bishop McGuinness 75-78--153
  7. Erik Benson, Gray Stone Day 77-76--153
  8. Ethan Dennis, West Montgomery 79-74--153
  9. Dylan Kennedy, West Montgomery 78-75--153

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