Polk finishes fourth at state 2A golf tournament

Polk County posted the second-lowest team score Tuesday and finished tied for fourth at the state 2A boys golf championships in Southern Pines.

The Wolverines finished with an aggregate score of 314 in Tuesday’s second round at Longleaf Golf and Family Club, a 10-stroke improvement from Monday and second only to East Surry, which notched a 299 en route to a dominant performance in repeating as state champions.

Seaforth placed second, with Bandys in third and Pine Lake Prep sharing fourth place with Polk County. The fourth-place effort is the second best state showing for a Wolverine team, trailing only the third-place effort of the 2008 squad.

Reilly Yoder again led the Wolverine effort, posting a second-round 75. Yoder had four birdies in his round and finished with a two-day total of 152 to earn a tie for 13th in the individual standings.

Casey Beiler had a pair of birdies and finished with a 76 while Evan Jones had a 79 and Avery Harden an 84. Beiler finished tied for 27th at 159, with Jones tied for 39th at 163 and Harden tied for 43rd at 164.

East Surry won its second consecutive 2A championship and the eighth state title in program history. Freshman Pennson Badgett recovered from a bogey on the par-5 16th to birdie the 17th and hold on to a one-stroke victory in the individual championship. Teammate and first-round leader Connor Key finished tied for second at three-under for the championship as the Cardinals finished with a two-day total of 588, 12-over-par.

Griffin Ching’s 12th-place finish led Seaforth to its runner-up finish, 44 strokes behind East Surry at 56-over-par. Bandys took third place at 59-over with the help of Atley Gabriel’s 71-79 performance while Polk and Pine Lake Prep shared fourth at 62-over-par.

On the individual leaderboard, Beddingfield senior Nate O’Neal and Farmville Central junior Holden Rucker tied for second with Key. Junior Cooper Mizelle of Pine Lake Prep finished in fifth and Beddingfield’s Drew O’Neal took sixth.