Moore nails Eagle, shoots 1 under
Published 9:47 am Thursday, April 14, 2022
By Brian Pitts
In a season that had been lacking memorable moments, the Davie golf team found a groove at Pudding Ridge on April 4. After averaging 21-over par through the first four Central Piedmont Conference meets, the War Eagles shot 11-over 151 and took third, four strokes behind leader Reynolds.
Anderson Beliveau shot a season-best 2-over 37 to lead Davie and tie for fifth overall. The freshman had been 3-over on three occasions this season.
Junior Colby Moore and sophomores Sean Coates and Cooper Drum shot 38s to tie for eighth. Coates’ 3-over was a season highlight, beating his previous best round by four strokes. The 3-overs were nothing new for Moore and Drum.
And sophomore Tripp Bradshaw carded a 40, bettering his previous top score by three shots as the War Eagles matched their finest showing in a CPC meet.
Reynolds (147) and Reagan (148) finished ahead of Davie. The bottom three were West Forsyth (155), Mt. Tabor (170) and East Forsyth (174).
Last year as a sophomore, Moore turned in even-par scores at Oak Valley and Pudding Ridge. Last month he was even at Maple Chase.
But he soared to another level in a nonconference match at his home course, Oak Valley, on April 6. He fired the best Davie score – 1-under 35 – since 2017, when Wesley Sink went 3-under 33 at Oak Valley.
“I definitely have wanted to (break par),” Moore said. “I’ve done it outside of school golf, just playing for fun and stuff. That was a big achievement for me.”
The day did not start well for Moore, who was 2-over after three, missing a short putt on his first hole and three-putting the next two. The turning point was a 15-foot birdie putt on his fourth hole. On the next hole, he chipped in for birdie. The cherry-on-top was an eagle on the No. 2 par-5, which was his eighth hole of the day.
Moore was a sensational 3-under over his last six holes.
“I knocked it to like three feet with a 7-iron and tapped in (for eagle),” he said. “I had been missing short putts all day – I was just knocking it close on most holes – so it felt good to make an eagle. I get it on (the green) in two probably 50 percent of the time. I’ve eagled it several times, but I don’t know how often I eagle it.”
While Moore was the medalist, Coates shot a new personal best, 37. Drum had 39, marking the fourth time this season he’s been at 3-over or better. Beliveau added a 40 as Davie best Calvary 151-158.