County golfers enjoy state tournament experience

Published 7:00 pm Thursday, May 18, 2023

The Northside golf team finished ninth at the 1A state tournament at Pinehurst #6 earlier this week. Southside senior Gabe Matthews tied for 13th among 1A individuals, while Washington’s Rob Bergevin tied for ninth and Marshall Asby was well back in the 2A field that played the Longleaf course in Southern Pines.

Mitchell HS won the 1A meet, while the Panthers finished ahead of area rivals LeJeune and Bear Grass. Senior David Wallace 91/92 183 and junior Gavin Sawyer 91/95 186 led Northside.

“It was a great learning experience for our kids and the entire team had a lot of fun,” coach Jared Adams said. “We didn’t play our best golf, but the course was very hilly and we aren’t used to that. I’m going to schedule a couple non-conference tournaments closer to Raleigh so we can feel more comfortable.”

Northside traveled to Pinehurst Saturday, played a practice round Sunday, then competed Monday and Tuesday. Adams made sure his team experienced the golf history that surrounds the Pinehurst area.

“We saw all the banners with the past U.S. Open winners and the trophies and just walked around the #2 course,” he said. “The tournament was very well run with rules officials and ball spotters out there on the course with them. They got a taste of what a state tournament is like and hopefully we’ll be back next year.”

Matthews fired a five over par 77 on the first day, then posted an 85 on Tuesday to finish in a 13th place tie.

“That’s not bad out of 84 golfers and he represented us well,” Southside coach David Dixon said. “He was seventh after the first round and started Tuesday with five straight pars, then struggled with some triple bogies. He’s had a great career for us and we’re very proud of him.”

Bergevin and Asby were just down the round in Southern Pines for the 2A event. Asby posted an 89/94 for a 183 two day total, while Bergevin shot 78 Monday and finished with a 72 that included 33 on the back nine.

“He was on fire for a while with a couple of birdies and an eagle,” Pam Pack coach Jim Kozuch said. “It was a great way to end his high school career and it was a good experience for Marshall as well.

Bergevin will play at Appalachian State in the fall.