Wicker, Schrickx share top-20 finish at N.C. Invitational
Battling blustery conditions on the golf course at Treyburn Country Club, Northern’s Michael Wicker and Riverside’s Harry Schrickx Jr. were among the top 20 finishers in the Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. High School Invitational on Monday.
Wicker and Schrickx both shot 77 and shared 18th place with two other golfers among a field of 70.
Jack Sides from Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston shot a 73 to take medalist honors.
Gastonia Forestview was the top team with a score of 300, while the Triangle area was represented by second-place Broughton at 306, third-place Leesville Road 308 and ninth-place Ravenscroft 334, each located in Raleigh.
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill was the only local team to qualify for the tournament, but the Lions declined to participate.
Invitations were issued to the 2012 state champions and runners-up in public and independent schools. Trinity qualified with a second-place finish in the 2012 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A state championship.
“While an honor to qualify and be invited to this event, we decided, in the best interest of our very young team this year, that we would decline team participation,” Trinity coach Tim Eckstein said.
Trinity juniors Evan Norfleet and Luke Farley, competing as individuals, held a share of 38th place at 82.
Wicker shot an 82 earlier this month at Treyburn while competing in the Durham County High School Invitational.
“The mental game was a little better (Monday),” Wicker said. “My long irons have been better than my shorter clubs, and I was putting them on the green and two-putting. I made one long putt on (No.) 5 for birdie, which redeemed myself after making double on (No.) 4, so that helped me out.”
Wicker said he compensated for the gusts when he teed off.
“I was driving it good today, too,” Wicker said.
Riverside’s Newt Barringer, bad back and all, shot 80 to end the day among a pack of golfers in 26th place.
“(I) started out pretty good; didn’t end very well,” Barringer said.
Barringer shot 77 during the Durham County Invitational. He said his back was injured then, but it wasn’t hurting like it was on Monday.
“I couldn’t hit any of the greens this week,” Barringer said. “I don’t know, my back’s been hurting, so it’s tough for me to swing through the ball. … Everything but putting, it hurts pretty bad. …
“I started off putting really well, and then on (No.) 14, I missed a short one and it kind of went downhill from there.”
Barringer birdied No. 11 to ease a little bit of the pain.
Barringer’s younger brother, McKenzie, a Voyager golfer, shot 79, which is how he finished at the Durham County invitational.
“The greens were really fast, and the wind didn’t help much,” McKenzie Barringer said. “Just really tough (Monday).”
McKenzie Barringer said he found himself rushing his game, four-putting No. 4 for a double-bogey.
“That was probably my worst hole,” he said. “Once I started slowing down, I really started hitting more fairways. I started taking my time and making better strokes, and I was keeping my head down longer.”
McKenzie Barringer came in 25th place.
Riverside’s Carson Hunt shot an 83 for a piece of 45th place.
Treyburn is a McConnell Golf course, and Wicker qualified for the tournament as a McConnell Golf scholarship recipient. Hunt, Schrickx and the Barringer brothers were granted exemptions as Treyburn members.
1. Forestview 300; 2. Raleigh Broughton 306; 3. Raleigh Leesville Road 308; 4. Christ School 312; 5. Cannon School 313; 6. Marvin Ridge 319; 7. Parrott Academy (Kinston) 321; 8. Forsyth Country Day 322; 9. Ravenscroft 334; 10.Westchester Country Day 335; 11. The Elon School 60.
(Top 7 and Local Golfers)
1. Jack Sides (Parrott) 73; T2. Harrison Rhoades (Broughton), Tanner Gross (Walk By Faith), Will Long (Forestview), Will Blalock (Forestview), Noah Edmondson (Cannon), John Freeman (Christ School), 74; T18. Michael Wicker (Northern), Harry Schrickx Jr. (Riverside) 77; 25. McKenzie Barringer (Voyager) 79; 26. Newt Barringer (Riverside) 80; T38. Luke Farley (Trinity), Evan Norfleet (Trinity) 82; T45. Carson Hunt (Riverside) 83.