Murray is 4A Medalist

PINEHURST, N.C. --— Grayson Murray of Raleigh Leesville Road fired a four-under par 68 in Tuesday's final round of play to earn the individual championship at the 74th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A men's golf championships at Pinehurst number eight.

The championship was held on a par-72 layout set at 6,668 yards or the NCHSAA event.

Murray, who had the best round of the day and entered the final 18 tied for the lead, had a six-under total of 138, three shots ahead of defending individual champ Michael Cromie of Cary Green Hope. Cromie was tied for the lead after the opening round but had a 71 on
Tuesday for a 141 total. The other golfer with a share of the first-day lead, Logan Harrell of Huntersville Hopewell, had a 72 in the final round to finish third.

Green Hope successfully defended its state title and earned its fourth state crown in the last six years, maintaining the eight-shot lead over Raleigh Leesville Road after the first day. Green Hope had a 591 and Leesville Road a 599 after both teams went under 300 for the final round. Southern Pines Pinecrest was third at 613.

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 participated in the two-day tournament.

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

Team Standings

  1. Cary Green Hope 295-296--591
  2. Raleigh Leesville Road 303-296--599
  3. Southern Pines Pinecrest 309-304--613
  4. Raleigh Broughton 312-304--616
  5. Fayetteville Terry Sanford 316-308--624
  6. Clayton 309-317--626
  7. Charlotte Myers Park 313-314--627
  8. North Mecklenburg 323-316--639
  9. Alexander Central 310-330--640
  10. Davie 319-325--644
  11. Greensboro Grimsley 327-324--651
  12. Southeast Guilford 329-329--658
Individual Leaders (par 72)
  1. Grayson Murray, Raleigh Leesville Road 70-68--138
  2. Michael Cromie, Cary Green Hope 70-71--141
  3. Logan Harrell, Huntersville Hopewell 70-72--142
  4. Danny Pizetoski, North Mecklenburg 74-72--146
  5. Andy Knox, Apex 76-72--148
  6. Jack Keefe, Fayetteville Terry Sanford 76-73--149
  7. Owen Murphy, Cary Green Hope 75-74--149
  8. Zach Burkett, Alexander Central 74-76--150
  9. Jackson Spires, Fayetteville Terry Sanford 77-73--150
  10. Larry Han, Cary Leesville Road 76-75--151
  11. Jack Cottrill, Charlotte Myers Park 73-78--151
  12. Sam Packard, Southern Pines Pinecrest 77-74--151

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