Will Long of Gastonia Forestview had a blistering 66 on Tuesday and raced to victory by a single shot on Tuesday in the 28th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men’s golf championships at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club.
Long, the individual runner-up a year ago, had a 36-hole total of 140, good for a one-shot win over Nick Stafford of Belmont South Point after entering the day tied for eighth, six shots off the pace. Stafford had a 69 in the final round to move up to second from fourth after the first day.
First-day leader Bryce Hendrix of Greenville D.H. Conley had a 74 in the final round to go with an opening 68 to finish at 142, in a tie for third with South Rowan’s Davis Richards. Richards had one of the five sub-par rounds on Tuesday with a 69.
Peter Harrill of Hickory, who was in fifth place after the opening round, struggled on the final round with an 18-over-par 90. Harrill finished with a two-day total of 163, 23 shots off the pace and in 52nd place. Austin Harrill of the Red Tornadoes fired a four-over 76 on the final round and finished with a two-day total of 153, 13 shots back in 16th place. The Red Tornadoes finished sixth as a team with a two-day total of 621. Hickory fired a 312 on the final round.
The championship was held on a par 72 layout set at 6,591 yards for the NCHSAA event.
Defending team champion Forestview made it two titles in a row, led by Long and Will Blalock, as the Jaguars blew it open with a 285 score in the final round. Forestview tallied a 582 score for the tournament, 22 shots ahead of runner-up Burlington Williams have holding just a four-shot lead over the field after Monday’s play.
Waxhaw Marvin Ridge placed third at 614 and Charlotte Catholic, Monday’s second-place team, and Belmont South Point tied for fourth at 616. 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 began play in the two-day event.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2013 MEN’S 3-A GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Foxfire Golf and Country Club
Gastonia Forestview 297 285 582
Burlington Williams 309 295 604
Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 309 305 614
Charlotte Catholic 301 315 616
Belmont South Point 304 312 616
Hickory 309 312 621
Southern Lee 317 314 631
Rockingham Co 321 325 646
West Brunswick 323 330 653
Greenville DH Conley 322 332 654
Currituck 330 328 658
Weddington 342 327 669
Will Long, Forestview 74 66 140
Nick Stafford, South Point 72 69 141
Bryce Hendrix, D.H. Conley 68 74 142
Davis Richards, South Rowan 73 69 142
Will Blalock, Forestview 71 72 143
William Register, Williams 75 68 143
Travis Bolick, Williams 76 70 146
Drew Jurs, Forestview 75 73 148
Ethan Mead, Charlotte Catholic 71 79 150
Reggie Crews, Jacksonville 73 77 150