Drum leads War Eagle golfers to first in CPC
Published 1:38 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2023
By Brian Pitts
Davie’s showing at Pine Knolls Golf Club was a sweet flip-the-script moment for the War Eagles, who have finished fourth or fifth in the Central Piedmont Conference for eight years running.
But before the War Eagles ended a long drought in Kernersville, they took a backward step for the second time in as many meets at Pudding Ridge on March 6. Their 17-over 157 was reminiscent of the disappointing season opener at Meadowlands.
Pudding Ridge was the site for the Central Piedmont Conference opener. Davie was bested by Reagan (153) and Reynolds (154). Mt. Tabor (161), East Forsyth (167) and West Forsyth (173) rounded out the team scores.
Although it wasn’t enough to avoid third place, Davie got exactly what it needed from junior Cooper Drum, who matched his career best with a 1-over 36. Last year he shot 1-over scores at Maple Chase and Meadowlands.
Colby Moore and Anderson Beliveau had 40s, and Walker Jones and Landon Packard had 41s.
The War Eagles turned their fortunes at Pine Knolls Golf Club on March 9. Not only did they capture the meet, they rose from third to first in the standings.
Davie’s 6-over 150 marked the first time in eight years that it won a meet with all the CPC teams competing together. The other scores were Reynolds 154, Reagan 155, West Forsyth 164, Mt. Tabor 167.
It was another shining moment for Drum, who fired a 1-under 35. That is Davie’s best nine-hole round since Moore’s 1-under 35 at Oak Valley last April.
Beliveau (37), Moore (38) and Tripp Bradshaw, a junior who turned in a career-best 40, helped Davie achieve its first CPC triumph since a meet at Wilshire in 2015, when Colby Carter (34), Will Perkins (37), Wesley Sink (38), Michael Fouts (39) and Chris Carr (39) led the way.
At 307 through two meets, Davie holds a one-stroke lead over Reagan and Reynolds.