Surry to field deep golf team in 2015-2016
Dobson, NC – September 7, 2015.
Surry Community College’s men’s golf team will enter the 2015-2016 season without the services of two-time Region X champion Chandler White, but the Knights may actually field a deeper team this season.
White completed his eligibility in Dobson this spring, but Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft likes what he sees out of his new team, which features 11 players. Pendergraft got his first look at the Knights in a recent scrimmage in Johnston County. And while 10 of SCC’s 11 players are freshman, Pendergraft feels good about the potential of this young group.
“I was not totally satisfied with our scores. But I looked at last year’s first scores of the year and if I were to take the best four, my team was shooting a 320, an average of 80 strokes per player,” Pendergraft said. “Last year at our first event, my team shot a 315 and our scores dipped down to 305, 300, 298 as the year progressed. The strokes started to dwindle. So I was pretty pleased with how things went at the first scrimmage.”
To be competitive, Pendergraft said the Knights will need to shoot 300 or below, an average of 75 of less per player. And while Surry had two dynamic players last year in White and Jesse Robertson, the Knights’ coach feels like this year’s team is deeper overall.
“Last year we had two dynamic players and three players that had the capability. This year I really feel like we have seven kids with the ability of reaching that 75 score,” Pendergraft said. “Overall, it is probably the best team I have had. I have four kids that finished in the top 10 in the state in their conference. If a kid misses a class and can’t play one weekend, we feel like we have other kids that can step right in. I am excited and feel we will have a better team overall, but we won’t know until rubber meets the road.”
With 11 players, Pendergraft hopes to rotate with five golfers going to one event, and the other five going to the next in an effort to minimize the amount of time away from the classroom. He is also excited about a diverse roster filled with local talent, with two players from Wilkes County, one from Stokes County, two from Yadkin County, and several from Surry County.
“We’ve been trying to look at kids in our service area and make sure these guys get an opportunity to perform. We want to show kids in the golf world we have a good area and a good group of kids,” he said.
Team members are Josiah Blevins (Elkin), Wesley Brown (Forbush), Jack Edwards (East Surry), Nick Gunnel (Starmount), Samuel Harris (Surry Central), Austin Holcomb (Starmount), Dustin Holloway (East Wilkes), Brady Hunter (Starmount), Joseph Marion (East Surry), Zach Nixon (East Surry) and Jed Whitaker (North Surry).
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