Surry wins Region X, sends three golfers to nationals
It’s been an incredible week for Surry Community College’s golf team.
In addition to winning the Region X championship, the Knights will send three golfers to the NJCAA Men’s Golf National Championship Tournament from May 21-24 at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Indiana. Sophomore Dylon Wooten (Alleghany) and freshmen Andrew Johnson (West Wilkes) and Evan Marion (North Surry) all punched their tickets to the national tournament by placing in the top five individuals in the District J Tournament held April 23-24 at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia.
“The boys played well,” said Surry head coach Anthony Durham, who has been named Region X Coach of the Year in his first season with the Knights. “They have done amazing. They have had a great year and continue to get better every time we go out.”
Surry won the Region X title by finishing first among the four Region X teams at the District J Tournament with a two-day score of 332. Only the top five individuals on teams not automatically qualifying for the national tournament also earned tickets to the Big Dance. Johnson and Wooten both used that particular route to qualify, with each shooting two-day scores of 159 to finish tied for second among individual qualifiers.
Marion carded an 88 the opening day of the District J Tournament, but improved to a 79 the second day to take the fifth and final qualifying spot. Surry’s Zeke Eaton missed qualifying for nationals by one stroke, finishing just behind Marion with a tournament score of 168.
“The course was not easy by any means. There were not a lot of birdies to be had,” Durham said, alluding to the fact that only tournament winner Will Bozeman of Abraham Baldwin CC was the only player to shoot an even-par round either day. “I told the guys if they made bogey, it would be hard to get them back, so make par. We played good both days. I feel bad for Zeke missing by one shot, but this is his first year and he will be ready for next year. But it has been a great year for all of our guys.”
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