Surry golfers fourth in Region X Fall Championships

Dobson, NC – November 4, 2015.

Nick Gunnell placed seventh overall and Surry Community College’s golf team finished fourth out of eight teams over the weekend in the Region X Fall Championship in Duncan, S.C.

Gunnell, a freshman from Starmount, shot a 77 on Saturday, putting him in a tie for fifth place in the Fall Championships at River Falls Plantation. He followed that up with a 40 over nine holes Sunday to place seventh overall. As a team, the Knights fired a two-day score of 490 to place fourth out of eight squads. SCC was just one stroke back of third-place Johnston Community College. Spartanburg Methodist, a Division I Region X school, won the tournament with a two-day total of 454.

“I was hoping I could have built our team to maybe shoot with the other schools like Spartanburg Methodist. We were there last fall at about 304, but we just didn’t get there,” Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “I have one sophomore and the others are freshmen. But overall looking at scores, we are staying close together. If I can get those guys over that hurdle and knock it down two to four strokes, we will be in the hunt.”

Surry’s Jack Edwards (East Surry) placed 14th overall, recording scores of 80 on Saturday and 40 on Sunday for a total of 120. Teammate Josiah Blevins (Elkin) came in 22nd overall, shooting an 84 Saturday and a 40 Sunday for a two-day tally of 124. Surry’s Wesley Brown (Forbush) dramatically improved over the two days, firing a 92 on Saturday and a 37 on Sunday. His two-day total of 129 was good enough for 29th place.

Despite the fourth-place finish, Surry took the second spot among Region X Division II teams, falling just one stroke behind Johnston Community College. The Knights also placed better than a pair of Region X Division I teams – Richard Bland and Spartanburg Methodist’s B team.

“We beat those guys and Patrick Henry, which has one kid from Australia and three from Scotland. We beat those guys and they are highly-recruited, out-of-the-country golfers. That is a plus,” Pendergraft said. “It rained a lot on Sunday, so we only played nine holes. But our kids did much better on the nine holes. If you split day one and divide it into two, you would see our scores were a heck of a lot better on day two.”

Right now, Pendergraft said the team’s lone sophomore, Josiah Blevins, and three freshmen, Edwards, Brown and Gunnell, are leading the way. They all played well Sunday in the rain, Pendergraft said, which is a good sign.

“It was messy and we didn’t have the best showing, but we at least had a showing. And I was pleased with the attitude, the attitude of players willing to play in the rain,” Pendergraft said. “That is a plus, kids that can suck it up and go on.”

The tournament will be the last for Surry until the spring season begins in March. Until that time, Pendergraft will work on the roster with swings and putting to “hopefully get these guys up to par.”


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