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Weinacht qualifies for state; Hensley 11th in regional

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The West Brunswick High School golf team sent four players to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A East Regional May 3 at Maccripine Country Club in Pinetops. Greg Hensley gave West Brunswick its top placing, shooting an 82 to finish tied for 11th among 84 golfers. Jack Donoghue shot a 91, Keith Hopkins a 99 and Cole Grammen a 102.
Out of the 11 teams that competed, only the top three teams advanced to state. In addition, the top three individual golfers not on these teams qualified for state, which takes place this week at Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Foxfire Village in Pinehurst.
The team scores were Wilson Fike (305), West Carteret (317), Southern Wayne (345), Southern Nash (345), Jacksonville (349), Eastern Wayne (353), Triton (353), South Brunswick (363), D.H. Conley (375), Northern Nash (377) and Washington (418).
Southern Nash and Southern Wayne tied for third at 345. To determine which team would advance to state, officials compared scores of the fifth-place golfers on each team. Southern Wayne won the tiebreaker with Lance White’s score of 93, 11 strokes better than Southern Nash’s Greg Ellington.
The individual golfers in contention for the top three spots to make state were Nathan Johnson (Nash Central) 72, Richard Weinacht (South Brunswick) 81, Chris Sherrod (Triton) 82, Greg Hensley (West Brunswick) 82, Allen Wilson (Southern Nash) 83 and Dalton Gore (South Brunswick) 83.
Hensley and Sherrod had a playoff to determine the third spot. On No. 18 they tied. They tied again on No. 1. On No. 9, Sherrod beat Hensley.
The top five overall individual scores were Spencer Whitt (Wilson Fike) 72, Johnson (Nash Central) 72, Bailey Rose (Wilson Fike) 74, Vinny Santoro (West Carteret) 77 and Coalter Paxton (Wilson Fike) 79.
Whitt and Johnson had a playoff to determine the top regional golfer, and Whitt won on the second playoff hole.
Before the tournament, the coaches voted to have next year’s 3A East Regional at Reedy Creek Golf Course in Four Oaks.