Surry’s Gunnell places seventh in Region X Championship

Nick Gunnell

Nick Gunnell finished tied for seventh as an individual and Surry Community College’s golf team placed sixth over the weekend in the Region X Fall Golf Championship in Duncan, S.C.

Gunnell, a sophomore from Starmount High School, was tied for first place after the first round Saturday at the River Falls Plantation with a one-under par 71. Gunnell fell off the pace slightly with a 79 on Sunday to finish with a final score of 150, tied for seventh individually.

It was a theme that hurt the Knights at the Region X Fall Golf Championship. Dylan Ray, a freshman for Forbush High School, shot a 78 on Saturday, but dropped three strokes for an 81 Sunday. His two-day score of 159 was good enough for 19th overall. Meanwhile, Chris Dorsett, a freshman from Mount Airy High School, carded an 80 on Saturday and an 85 on Sunday to place 27th.

“We had a good start with two kids in the seventies on Saturday. Individually we just did not produce,” Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “Nick Gunnell was tied for first place with a 71 and he and I talked about it that night. He had nowhere to go. To maintain a 71 with an amateur is not the easiest thing to do. If he went below that he would have really been playing great golf. He went the other direction and shot a 79 and I know he was not happy with his score. Dylan Ray shot a 78 and I was hoping he would go maybe three strokes lower as opposed to three strokes higher. And then Chris went in the opposite direction on day two as well. It just seemed like we went in the opposite direction we needed to go.”

As a team, Surry finished sixth with a two-day score of 644. Spartanburg Methodist won the team championship with a score of 588.

“I expected Spartanburg to win. They were ranked in the top 10 in Division I teams in the NJCAA and this is their home course,” Pendergraft said. “We didn’t do bad, I just wished it would have panned out a little better. I do know experience-wise, these guys certainly had to gain some knowledge of what it takes to be completely competitive. It is a hard sport that takes a lot of dedication to up your game. I’m also playing three freshmen and that was an experience they had not ventured into, so hopefully that will reflect on a better score in the springtime. We didn’t play to our potential, but that is golf. It is not an easy game.”

With the fall season now complete, Surry won’t be back in action until practice tees off again the last weekend in February 2017.


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