Polk Middle's Owen Justice sends a drive soaring during Thursday's match (photo courtesy Kenny Hall)

That close to a division championship.

Polk County Middle came within a single stroke of winning at least a share of the Blue Ridge Conference East Division title, placing second behind Rugby Middle in Thursday’s East Division final at Champion Hills in Hendersonville.

The Wolverines posted a team score of 189, just behind Rugby’s 188. The finish did earn Polk Middle a spot in next week’s Blue Ridge Conference Tournament.

Brody Wilkins carded a 41 to share medalist honors with Rugby’s Jordan Hall. Polk Middle also got solid efforts from Owen Justice, Gabe Stansbury, Jaxon Blotner and Waylon Nelon.

“Our guys have been playing and practicing some great golf in the past few weeks,” said Polk Middle head coach Kenny Hall. “Even though we came up one stroke short, I’m very pleased and proud of how they performed.

“I always say in order to compete for championships, you have to play well when it matters. Brody matched his season low in a tie for tournament medalist. Owen was rock solid as always with his play. Waylon and Gabe had their best scores of the season. Jaxon also scored a personal best with a 48, which is very likely the reason we were able to finish ahead of Apple Valley and move on to the conference tournament next week.”

Apple Valley placed third with a 189, followed by Hendersonville Middle (206), Brevard Middle (215) and Flat Rock Middle (223).