Beischer, Durham Academy sweep Durham High School Invitational
The high school golf king in the Bull City is Durham Academy junior Will Beischer.
Beischer’s 3-under-par 69 earned the crown at the Durham High School Invitational at Treyburn Country Club Wednesday.
Durham Academy’s 304 was the top team score.
The match was strictly for schools in Durham. It was mostly about bragging rights.
“I’m pretty humble about it,” Beischer said. “You won’t see me going around bragging about anything. It could easily be different scores.”
Northern’s Michael Wicker and Voyager’s Mackenzie Barringer were among the favorites to win the invitational.
Wicker, who showed some frustration, shot 82.
Barringer and Durham Academy’s Dylan Lukes were even at 36 on the front nine. When Barringer shot an 8 on one of the holes on the back nine, Riverside’s Junior Schrickx saw an opportunity.
“I’ve been playing a lot better on the back nine than the front, so I though that if I could just keep it up, I might be able to get ahead of the guys,” Schrickx said, well aware of what Barringer and Wicker can do on the golf course. “I would definitely say they were two of the top guys here, but I thought that I could at least keep up with them.”
Schrickx finished second with a 76, and Luke Farley from Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill was third at 77.
Lukes ended up tied for fourth place with teammate Allen Smith. They shot 78.
Barringer’s 79 tied him for sixth place with Trinity’s Alaina Yeatts and Durham Academy golfers Garrett Massengill and Quade Lukes.
Wicker finished 11th at 82.
Beischer said he wanted to use the invitational as an opportunity to correct some bad swings he made in a match he played Tuesday.
Durham Academy coach Greg Murray said his entire team really stepped up to their tees during the invitational.
“This is a hardworking, humble group. They came here set on winning it,” Murray said. “I think this is a team that could do some things, but, again, we’re young. You never know.”
Independent schools like Durham Academy don’t use conference championships to determine their postseason positioning, Murray said. The eight teams with the best seasonal handicaps get in the state playoffs, he said. Playing well on Treyburn’s course can help a team’s handicap, Murray said.
The win at the invitational is good momentum for Durham Academy, Beischer said.
“It’s always one of our goals to come out and win this,” Beischer said. “If we can win this, then we’re certainly going to set our sights to some higher tournaments.”
Southern’s Glenn Canty shot 102. This is just his second year playing golf. A year ago at the invitational, he played nine holes, which is common for beginners. Canty said practice and more practice had him in shape to tackle all 18 of Treyburn’s holes.
“I had a hard time with having fast hips , which made my ball hook a lot,” Canty said. “But now I’m slowing that down and have gotten kind of consistent.”