Yellow Jackets win CFVC golf crowns
Lee County won the Cape Fear Valley Conference boys golf tournament title Monday afternoon in a storm-shortened nine-hole tournament at The Country Club of Whispering Pines.
The Yellow Jackets, with a team total of 149, edged county rival Southern Lee's 150. Walter Brinker and Dalton Mauldin, both with two-under-par 34s on the River Course's front nine, led Lee County. Matthew Honeycutt and Jay Minter shot even-par 36s to lead the Cavaliers.
The seven CFVC squads played the front nine, which wound up as the official tally after thunderstorms moving into the area forced everyone off the course partway through the back nine.
Brinker had the low round of the tournament going when the horn sounded, sitting a four under par through 14 holes.
Lee County head coach Brad Wicker was named the conference's Coach of the Year. The Yellow Jackets won four of the six regular-season matches.
Sam Bradley, with a 37, and Chris Brown, with a 44, made up spots three and four in Lee County's score. Keller Bycura and Owen Kelly also played for the Jackets Monday. Dylan Spurlin, Brooks Gaster and Nick Weaver are also on the team.
Ben Chrystler of Union Pines shot an even-par 36 Monday and clinched the CFVC Player of the Year honor with the best scoring average. Chrystler had a stroke average of 73.67 through the seven conference meets. Brinker was second in the conference at 75.5.
Union Pines and Terry Sanford finished third and fourth, respectively, Monday.
The Country Club of Whispering Pines will host the NCHSAA 3A Mideast Regional Golf Tournament Monday beginning at 8:28 a.m. The top teams and individual players from the CFVC, Big Eight and Mid-State conferences make up the regional tournament.
Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament
at The Country Club of Whispering Pines, River Course
1. Lee County (149)
Walter Brinker - 34
Dalton Mauldin - 34
Sam Bradley - 37
Chris Brown - 44
2. Southern Lee (150)
Jay Minter - 36
Matthew Honeycutt - 36
Alex Palme - 38
Zane Lewis - 40
3. Union Pines (159)
Ben Chrystler - 36
Bryan D'Ostroth - 40
Dalton Wheeless - 41
Cal Parson - 42
4. Terry Sanford (181)
Rohun Shah - 41
Robert Lewis - 41
Alex Pantelakes - 47
Jacob Lockart - 52
Westover, Douglas Byrd, Gray's Creek - no team scores