The Midway High School golf team has enjoyed a successful season, going 8-0 overall and being crowned the Four County Conference Champions with a record of 6-0.
First-year head coach Glenn Patrick was named the Conference Coach of the Year.
Five members of the team were named All-Conference. They are: Trey Pope with an average of 77, Logan Patrick with an average of 78, Blake Norris and Andrew Eldridge each averaging 86, and Jordan Sullivan with an average of 88. The team average is 326.
Clinton’s Chandler Perry was crowned Conference Player of the Year with an average of 77.
With the conference championship under their belts, the Raiders are now set to participate in the State Regionals, set for Monday May 1 at the Vineyards at White Lake. Also participating in the regional round are fellow conference champions Reidsville, South Columbus, Roanoke Rapids, Bunn, Carrboro, and the School of Math and Science.
All five of Midway’s All-Conference golfers will participate in the Regionals. A finish of Third Place or better will qualify them for the State Finals, which are held May 8-9 in Pinehurst.
Patrick believes that his team has as good a shot as any.
“If we play as well are we’re capable of playing then I think we have a good chance,” the first year coach said. “These guys have been solid all year. Logan Patrick and Trey Pope have been consistent all season and as a team we’ve put up some good scores that I think can compete with anybody.”
When speaking of his Coach of the Year honor, Patrick admits he was shocked.
“I was completely shocked – I wasn’t expecting it.”
He credits his team’s hard work and continual improvement in achieving the honor.
Midway has consistently improved each match at a time. The teams highest score was during their first match of the season, a 354. The Raiders gradually stair-stepped down all the way to a 308 in their final match at Trask last week.
Patrick acknowledges that he draws a famous philosophy from former Midway coach, Tommy Sloan.
“Coach Sloan always said if you work hard in practice then playing the game will take care of itself. That’s something I’ve strived for all season, working hard in our practices and watching everything else fall into place.”
Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]