Surry, Gunnell win opening golf match of spring season

Nick Gunnell

Surry Community College placed three golfers in the top six, including medalist Nick Gunnell, to easily win the Fayetteville Technical Trojan Invitational Golf Tournament on Feb. 19.

Gunnell shot a two-day winning score of 154 as the Knights put together a well-rounded team effort to defeat runner-up Wake Tech by a whopping 37 strokes in the five-team tournament to open the spring season.

“I am extremely pleased with the outcome of our scores. If we can take five or six strokes off our last-day score we should have a good chance of qualifying for nationals this year,” said Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft. “We had a good event. Our scores were not as low as I would have liked, but they were good enough to beat everyone else by a bunch of strokes.”

Different golfers led the way both days of the tournament to pace the Knights to victory. On Saturday, Gunnell and Chris Dorsett set the tone with scores of 73 and 78, respectively. And while the duo slipped to card rounds of 81 and 84 Sunday, teammates Grayson Ruble and Dylan Ray both trimmed more than 10 strokes off their Saturday scores to keep SCC rolling. Ruble (87) and Ray (88) both shot in the high 80s on Saturday, but bounced back in a big way Sunday with scores of 74 and 76, respectively.

“After day one I was hoping we could maintain our score of 319 because of the high scores we had. We had two guys in the seventies on day one, and lo and behold, two different guys shoot in the seventies on day two. Grayson and Dylan had a tremendous drop in their scores from day one,” Pendergraft said. “Those scores were good enough to offset the low eighties on the other two. The golf course we played was 7,000 yards. It was Bermuda fairways and they were still dormant, and after the rain, they were kind of matted. It wasn’t great for playing, but for our team it was good enough for the win.”

As a team, Surry shot a winning total of 634. Wake Tech was second with a 671, followed by Fayetteville Tech (676), Johnston Community College (693) and Central Carolina Community College (724). Gunnell’s two-day score of 154 was a stroke better than Fayetteville Tech’s Austin Sanford. Ruble finished fifth overall with a two-day total of 161 and Dorsett was sixth with a 162.

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