Wolverine golfers take second at regional, earn trip to state 2A tourney

Published 11:42 am Thursday, May 11, 2023

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Polk County’s boys golf team is heading back to the state 2A tournament.

The Wolverines clinched a state trip Tuesday, placing second in the 2A West Regional at Glen Oaks Golf Club in Maiden.

Polk posted a team score of 303, finishing eight strokes behind regional champion Pine Lake Prep. Bandys had a score of 308 and earned the third berth to next week’s state tournament, which begins Monday at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Pinehurst.

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Reilly Yoder led Polk’s efforts Tuesday with a 71, tying for fourth individually. Avery Harden posted a 75, with Evan Jones notching a 78 and Casey Beiler carding a 79.

It marks the third straight season that Polk County has earned a state tournament berth.

Pine Lake Prep freshman Aiden Penhall finished with a 68 to take medalist honors. Bandys’ Atley Gabriel fired a 69, with Chase’s Brock Reid taking third with a 70. Yoder and East Gaston’s Ethan Cooper rounded out the top five with their 71s.

Newton-Conover took fourth at Tuesday’s tourney with a 330. Hendersonville placed fifth with a 337, followed by Owen (339), East Gaston (344) and Chase and Maiden (345).