Three teams from the South Fork 2A Conference and a total of 21 golfers from area conferences will compete this week for the right to be called state champions as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association will hold its annual state championships at venues around the state. The two-day tournaments for all classifications begin Monday morning.
Teams at the state tournament finished in the top three at each of the four regionals held last weekend. Each of the qualifying teams will send five golfers with the top four scores counting towards the team total for the championship.
The top six players not among the three teams from each regional also advanced to the state tournament and will compete as individuals.
Here are the schools and individuals scheduled to compete:
2A CHAMPIONSHIP AT LONGLEAF GOLF & FAMILY CLUB, SOUTHERN PINES
FRED T. FOARD:
The Tigers missed out on their first state tournament as a team since 2010 by one stroke at last week’s 2A West Regional but had two players qualify as individuals.
Max Cranford (Tee time 9:50 a.m.): Made his first state tournament after shooting a 73 last week to finish in a tie for fourth at the 2A West Regional.
Jordan Sain (10:00 a.m.): Made his first state tournament after a round of 74 that placed him in a tie for sixth at last week’s regional.
The Blue Devils as a team did not qualify for the regional, but will send a representative to the state tournament.
Kenan Lawing (9:10 a.m.): Finished fourth in scoring in the South Fork 2A Conference and named all-conference. Playing in his second state tournament. Ended up in a tie for 26th last year. Shot a 73 at regional, good for a tie for fourth.
The Panthers missed out on their second straight team tournament appearance by three strokes, finishing fifth at the 2A West Regional.
Carson Witherspoon (11:00 a.m.): Made his second state tournament in a row after winning a three-way playoff to take the final individual spot. Finished in a tie for 45th last year.
The Mustangs finished third in the South Fork 2A Conference and took the final spot out of the 2A Midwest Regional by a stroke over Oak Grove. East Lincoln will play in its first state tournament since 1999.
Lance Rowe (10:10 a.m.): Named South Fork golfer of the year after finishing the conference season as the low scorer. Shot a 74 at regional and finished tied for fourth. Making his second state tournament appearance after finishing tied for 32nd in 2017. Lone Mustang to previously play in the state tournament.
Drew Coppin (10:20 a.m.): Finished 12th in the South Fork and shot an 81 at regional, which tied him for 25th.
Deacon Zilker (10:30 a.m.): Finished 13th in the South Fork and shot an 84 at regional, which tied him for 35th.
John Stolzenbach (10:40 a.m.): Finished 27th in the South Fork and shot an 81 at regional, which tied him for 25th.
Eli Staples (10:50 a.m.): Finished 40th in the South Fork and shot a 94 at regional, which tied him for 55th.
LAKE NORMAN CHARTER:
The Knights are making their seventh appearance in the state tournament, but still looking for their first state title after back-to-back runner-up finishes the past two seasons. They were also second in 2012 and 2013. Lake Norman Charter easily claimed the South Fork 2A Conference title, winning seven of the league’s matches and tying for first in the eighth. The Knights comfortably won the 2A Midwest Regional by 15 strokes over Forbush.
Ian Johnson (9:20 a.m.): Finished tied for second in the South Fork and named to the all-conference team. Making his third state tournament appearance, finishing 10th a year ago and 22nd in 2017. Fired an 80 at regional, which tied him for 22nd.
Carter Busse (9:30 a.m.): Finished tied for second in the South Fork with teammate Ian Johnson and named all-conference. Played in state tournament last year and finished tied for 10th. Shot a 73 to finish third at regional.
Jace Arko (9:40 a.m.): Finished sixth in the South Fork and named all-conference. Making his third state tournament appearance with a best finish of 20th in 2017. Shot a 74 at regional, which placed him in a tie for fourth.
Ben Bailey (9:50 a.m.): Finished fifth in the South Fork and named all-conference. Making his first state tournament appearance. Tied for first at regional with an even-par 72.
Will Dalton (10:00 a.m.): Finished 19th in the South Fork. Shot a 75 at regional, which put him in a tie for 15th.
After taking second at last week’s 2A West Regional, the Rebels are making their third appearance as a team at the state tournament. It is their second in a row after a fifth-place finish last year. They also competed as a team in 2011. The Rebels were second in the South Fork 2A Conference this year and were the lone team to spoil Lake Norman Charter’s perfect conference run with a tie at the Lincolnton match.
Bauer Galloway (9:00 a.m.): Named all-conference after finishing seventh in the South Fork. Making his third appearance in a row, wound up 43rd in 2017 and tied for 20th last year. Was co-medalist with a 71 at 2A West Regional.
Lawson Harkey (9:10 a.m.): Was 10th in the South Fork by one stroke, which qualified him as all-conference. Finished tied for ninth at regional with a 77. Playing in his first state tournament.
Ramsey Coltrane (9:20 a.m.): Finished 14th in the South Fork. Making his second state tournament after a tie for 40th last year. Fired an 87 to finish tied for 35th at regional.
Will Carpenter (9:30 a.m.): Finished 15th in the South Fork. Making his second state tournament after a tie for 55th in 2018. Fired a 93 at regional last week.
Cade McConnell (9:40 a.m.): Wound up 20th in the South Fork. Making his second state tournament after finishing a tie for 70th last year.
3A CHAMPIONSHIP AT FOXFIRE RESORT & GOLF CLUB (RED), FOXFIRE VILLAGE
The Red Tornadoes finished in a tie for seventh in the 3A West Regional last week and will send one player to the 3A state tournament.
Jackson Graham (8:00 a.m.): Finished in a tie for 13th at the 3A West regional after shooting a 76. Took tournament spot after qualifier Eli Wyatt was unable to compete at state. Finished ninth in scoring in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference.
The Warriors were fourth at last week’s regional, missing their second state appearance as a team by four strokes. They will send one representative to the state tournament.
Matthew Gurnsey (11:18 a.m.): Senior will make his third appearance in four seasons at the state tournament after ending up seventh at last week’s 3A West Regional with a 73. Finished in a tie for 24th in the 2A state tournament in 2017 and tied for 62nd in 2016.