Golfer Sink second in region

Published 9:28 am Thursday, May 21, 2015


After tying for 12th in the Central Piedmont Conference to squeak onto the all-conference team, Wesley Sink played like a man possessed in the Midwest Regional at Forest Oaks Country Club.

Sink was runner-up medalist with an even-par 72, two strokes behind winner Hudson Helms of Reynolds. The top three teams qualified for the state meet. Davie did not come close, failing to finish in the top 11. But the top three players not on a qualifying team advanced, and Sink was apart of that group.

Sink’s superb showing included one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars. Oh, and one more thing: Sink is a sophomore.

“He played that well at the Palmetto (tournament during spring break),” coach Chris Callison said. “He led the field in pars. He had 32 pars out of 36 holes. Eighteen holes suit him because he doesn’t put himself in trouble and he methodically goes about his business. He’s not the longest hitter, but he rarely puts himself into spots of trouble.”

Sink turned in Davie’s finest regional round in 13 years, dating to Greg Brooks’ 1-under 69 to tie for first in 2002. Nick Capra shot 2-over 74 at Forest Oaks to tie for runner-up in 2010. Sink’s other even-par score this season was 34 at Bermuda Run West.

“I’ve been working on my game, I kept the ball in play and kept my head right,” Sink said. “I didn’t get down when I hit a bad shot. I put bad shots behind me. I always feel like I can play that kind of golf. I know I’m capable of it, and I’m glad I could finally play a round like that. I hit a lot of greens (in regulation) and two-putted.”

Playing the back nine, Sink birdied No. 13, a par-3 that played 190 yards. Pulling a four-iron out of his bag, Sink hit the front of the green and drained an uphill putt from 20 yards.

The bogey came on the next hole, No. 14.

“I came over my drive and hit a small hook,” Sink said. “Fortunately I wasn’t in the bunker, but I was in long grass right outside the bunker, so I had an awkward stance. I didn’t quite hit my wedge solid. Then I had a 15-footer and barely missed that one.”

Senior Colby Carter, who was ninth in the CPC, was second for Davie with a 79.

The top-11 teams were Reynolds (295), Page (306), Reagan/Mt. Tabor (307s), Northern Durham (319), Southeast Guilford (322), Ragsdale (337), Glenn (338), High Point Central (339), Riverside (345) and East Chapel Hill (346).

Sink was among 72 players in the state championship meet at Pinehurst on May 11-12.

He shot 87 on the No. 2 course and 83 on the No. 4 course. His 170 score was 30 back of the individual champion (4-under 140).

“What a dream to be able to play No. 2 twice (including a practice round),” Callison said. “The men’s and women’s U.S. Opens were there last year.”

Before heading to Pinehurst, Sink said: “I’m just going to enjoy playing the No. 2 course no matter what I shoot. Just enjoy the experience of the state my sophomore year.”