Knights, Johnson win Johnston Spring Fling Tourney
Surry Community College placed three golfers in the top five over the weekend to capture the Johnston CC Spring Fling Tournament championship Sunday at Pine Hollow Golf Club in Clayton.
Surry freshman Andrew Johnson (West Wilkes) shot a 74 both days to finish as medalist with a score of 148. Teammate Dylon Wooten, a sophomore from Alleghany, was just two strokes behind to finish second. Wooten carded rounds of 75 both days. Evan Marion, a freshman from North Surry, finished with a two-day score of 160 to place fifth in a six-team tournament that also included Johnston CC, Patrick Henry CC, Wake Tech, Davidson CC, and Central CC.
“Andrew and Dylon both played really well. We only had four guys because Hunter Maines was sick, so we didn’t have any wiggle room,” Surry coach Anthony Durham said. “We had to count all four scores both days. It came down to the wire and the guys went par, birdie, birdie, eagle on the last hole or it would have been extremely tight.”
The Knights won the tournament with a team score of 636, five strokes better than Patrick Henry. Zeke Eaton fired a 178 for the two days, but like his teammates, came up big on the final hole.
“They played amazing and there was a lot of pressure on all of them because there was no room for error with only four players. Not everyone knew just how close it actually was, but Evan made an eagle and Dylon and Zeke both made birdie on the final hole and that’s why we won by five strokes,” Durham said. “Andrew and Dylon both had great weekends and Evan didn’t have his best day, but for him to fight through it and finish fifth overall was really good.”
Patrick Henry is always tough on the links, so Surry is hopeful that topping them early in the season will pave the way for a great season once Region X play begins.
“We knew Patrick Henry was probably going to be the biggest competition because we had not seen them this year and we will be playing them in the district in a little over a month,” Durham said. “I think beating them hopefully instilled some confidence in the guys that they can do it.”
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