Griffin looks to reclaim state 4-A golf medalist
East Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin, a junior who long ago gave a verbal commitment to play at North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2014, is among the favorites to capture the NCHSAA individual championship at the state 4-A golf tournament that begins today and continues Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 8.
Riverside is the only area team that qualified for the 4-A event.
Griffin, the 2011 state champion as a freshman, finished in the top 10 a year ago and will tee off at 7:30 a.m. today on the 10th tee.
Riverside’s six-man team will be among the last golfers to tee off today. The Pirates will start at the No. 1 tee.
Newt Barringer goes off at 8:50 a.m., followed in 10-minute intervals by teammates Alex Brese, Joe Jongkind, Carson Hunt, Junior Schrickx and finally Carl Garrett at 9:40 a.m.
In the 2-A ranks, Carrboro is the lone area representative at the 36-hole, two-day championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.
Like Riverside, Carrboro will be among the last groups teeing off, also at the first tee.
Carrboro’s tee times begin with Kaleb Lester at 9:20 a.m., followed by Adam Alfieri, Benjamin Padden, Adam Tobias, Hanson Elkins and C.J. Paschall.
In the 1-A tournament at Chapel Hill Country Club, the N.C. School of Science and Math qualified for the competition. Voyager Academy will be represented in the individual results by McKenzie Barringer, who tees off on No. 1 at 8:10 a.m.
NCSSM players tee off at No. 10 beginning at 8:20 a.m., starting with Ryan Phillips and followed by Scott Wilson, Tyler Boquet-Caron, Andy Yang, Vamsi Yechoor and Duncan Brown.
In the state independent schools’ golf championships, Durham Academy is in the odd position of having placed its top four golfers among the nine golfers statewide who qualified as individuals in the 3-A tournament.
The Cavaliers did not qualify as a team for the eight-team field. Qualifying is based on season-long scoring average, and DA just missed the top eight. However, Braxton Lloyd, Will Beischer, Peter Fox and Dylan Lukes were the Nos. 5-8 individual qualifiers.
Team scoring in golf is based on the combined total of a team’s top four scorers in each competitive round. Thus, with a good two days, DA could post the No. 1 team score but still not win the team title.
NOTES — No area golfers or teams qualified for the 3-A championships at Foxfire Golf and Country Club, also being held today and Tuesday.