Northside concludes 2014 golf campaignPublished 1:50pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014
With this week’s rain making golf courses unplayable, the final two scheduled Coastal Plains Conference matches have been canceled, thus, concluding the 2014 regular season for Northside and Southside.
Northside’s young talent, sophomore Tucker Mooring, finished second in Conference Player-of-the-Year voting to Lejeune’s Grady Anderson with a season average of 86.3. Individually, Mooring finished with one first-place finish, shooting an 85 at Nagshead Links in March, four second-place finishes and two third-place finishes.
“I thought Tucker player a little below his own expectations,” said head coach Joe Burns. “He puts a lot of pressure on himself to be a leader on the team and leader on the course. As far as being the model golfer and role model, you couldn’t of asked for anything better. He was always polite to other players and coaches. I was constantly getting compliments on the student athletes.”
Mooring was also selected to the All-Conference team, alongside his teammate Josh Beamer, who averaged 99.3 the season, the second-best mark for the Panthers.
Lejeune swept conference play, winning every match and taking first in the Coastal Plains, while Northside spent its season racking up second-place finishes, ultimately finishing second.
Other final season averages for Northside are junior Gage Webb at 102, junior Trenton Clayton at 114.3, Evan Cornelius at 119, Nathaniel Bowen at 125 and Mara Coltrain at 125.5.
“We’re young. We only had one clear senior leader on the team,” Burns said. “Even our two junior upperclassmen were new to game. As far as experience goes, I think we played well past our potential, even for my expectations this season. In that regard I think we were really successful this season.”
Southside finished in third place, as Elliot Heuts led his team with an even score of 100.
The Class 1-A eastern regional match will be held at Roanoke Country Club in Williamston on Monday. Of the six teams that will play, the top three will advance to states.
“Riverside is the host, always top-five in the state very year,” Burns said. “We played them earlier this year, and they beat us pretty good. Even though they’re expected to win, I expect us to compete. We’ll be more familiar with the golf course the second time around.”