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West golfers second in regional

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Patterson shoots 78, finishes second

By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 BOLIVIA — The West Brunswick High School boys’ golf team finished second in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A East Regional on Monday, May 5, at Carolina National and qualified for the state tournament.

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South Brunswick’s Nicky Beecroft qualified as an individual.

For West, sophomore Landon Patterson shot a 78 on the par-72 layout of nearly 6,500 yards and finished second in the individual scoring. Jarred Lisec (Cleveland) shot a 77 and Patrick Stephenson (South Johnston) shot a 79. No one else broke 80.

For the Trojans, Drew Boyer shot an 81, Tucker Vaughan an 86, Zack Flaccavento an 88, Cole Snyder a 93 and Dylan Howard a 94.

West’s team score of 333 was one stroke higher than Corinth Holders. Cleveland was third (339) of the 11 teams.

Beecroft shot an 81 in advancing to the state tourney. Missing the cut for state were South’s John Wagoner (82) and Michael Hitt (83).

“Landon did his usual 78,” West coach Ronald Ambrose said. “I was a little worried because he started out with a 44 (on the par-36 Egret Course). He came back strong with a 34 (on the par-36 Heron Course). Fantastic.

“Drew played one of his best tournaments of the year, shooting an 81 when we needed it.

“Tucker, a freshman, ended up with an 86. That’s one of his best scores.

“My senior, Zack, came in with an 88, which has been about his average.

“We played well on a very hard course. I’m very pleased that we came in second this year in the region. We’re off to the states. I’m very proud of the guys.”