SCC golf fares well in Clayton

Chris Dorsett, a freshman from Mount Airy High School, led the Knights with a round of 73 Sunday in a match against Johnston Community College.

Three Surry Community College golfers shot in the 70s Sunday as the Knights finished two strokes off the lead at The Neuse Golf Club in Clayton.

Chris Dorsett, a freshman from Mount Airy High School, led the Knights with a round of 73 at the 7,000-yard golf course in a match against Johnston Community College. Nick Gunnell, a sophomore from Starmount, fired a 75 for Surry, while teammate Jack Edwards (of East Surry High School) carded a 79 in the one-day event. Dylan Ray and Brock Jessup contributed scores of 82 as SCC finished with a team score of 308, just two strokes back of Johnston.

After the first nine, Edwards was shooting one-under par and Dorsett and Gunnell were both at even par. The Knights fell off the pace just a bit on the more challenging back nine, however.

“Our team had never seen this course and the team we played against, that is where they practice. They only beat us by two strokes. Given a neutral golf course we certainly could have beaten them, but it wasn’t meant to be,” Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “I was pleased with the performance for never playing the course before - having three guys in the 70s and two guys at 82. In my opinion 308 is a decent score. Divide that by four players and we are in the 70s, which is what I am shooting for.”

While Gunnell and Edwards shot just a little above their averages, Pendergraft was particularly pleased with Dorsett’s day.

“He stepped up and put together a great game at 73,” Pendergraft said. “I was extremely pleased with his performance.”

Meanwhile, the Surry coach is excited about a couple of potential upcoming opportunities for some of his players. Both Gunnell and Edwards are currently being recruited by Pfeiffer University. Gunnell has already qualified for an upcoming tournament at Southern Pines, while Ray and Dorsett are competing for the other spot.

“I was pleased with the scores. These guys are improving and they are enthusiastic,” Pendergraft said. “We have the fall championship coming up the first weekend of November and I want to thank Cross Creek Country Club for their golf program. They have been exceptional to us.”


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