NEW BERN — For the third consecutive year, the Surry Community College golf team claimed the Region X men’s tournament championship at the Emerald Golf Course in New Bern. The Knights shot a two-day total of 598 on the par 72 course to defeat Patrick Henry Community College, Johnston Community College, and Vance-Granville Community College.
Surry posted a team score of 302 on the first day of the tournament and followed with a 296 on the final day. Freshman Chandler White led the Knights with a two day total of 141 finishing as the overall tournament medalist. White posted a 70 on day one and 71 on day two. Surry freshman McKinley Johnson placed second overall with 149 (75/74). Surry’s Ryan Wilson, a sophomore, finished third overall with 153 (80/73) while teammate Matthew Snow earned a fifth place finish with an overall score of 155 (77/78). Sophomore Ryan High had a solid tournament finishing sixth overall with a total score of 156 (79/77). Dalton Berry, a sophomore, added a score of 161 (82/79) for the Knights.
“Our team has been working hard all season,” said Surry coach Tom Pendergraft. “I’ve been watching scores drop all year, and I really was not surprised at how well we played.”
Surry lead the tournament with the top five scores on the par three holes along with four of the top five scores on the par four and par five holes. The Knights also tallied the most birdies in the tournament with 20. “We have been really consistent all year long,” added Pendergraft. “This team has gotten better and better with each match.”
The Knights received several Regional awards including Chandler White being named Region X Player of the Year while Pendergraft earned Region X Coach of the Year.
The Knights, who finished the season undefeated in Region X (Division II) play, will advance to the NJCAA Men’s Division II Golf Championship in Plymouth, Indiana starting on May 18. “We have a great chance of putting up the best numbers that we have ever posted in the National tournament,” added Pendergraft. “These young men have a lot of talent and have been a pleasure to coach all year. Hopefully, we will play our best golf at the National tournament in May.”