Golfers have 23-stroke lead in CPC

Published 1:40 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie’s swaggering golf team continued to impress last week.

In the second Central Piedmont Conference meet of the season, the War Eagles finished first again, this time with an even-par 144 at Pine Knolls on March 18. West Forsyth had 154, followed by East Forsyth (162), Reagan (165), Reynolds (167) and Mt. Tabor (168).

Davie’s top four scores were a 1-under 35 by Beck Owen, 36s by Evan Owen and Cooper Drum and a 37 by Carter Spillman. Davie didn’t need Landon Packard’s 39.

With 18 holes in the books, Davie held a 291-314 lead over second-place West.

In a nonconference match at Pudding Ridge on March 21, the War Eagles stayed unbeaten despite a season-worst score of 11-over 151. Their previous five scores were 4-over, 3-over, 7-over, 9-over and even.

E. Owen fired a 1-under 34 at Pudding Ridge, marking the fourth time a War Eagle has turned in a red score. E. Owen broke par for the second time, while B. Owen and Drum have done it once each.

“I knew this team was pretty strong,” coach Scott Spillman said. “There are 7-8 guys that can go low, so we have pretty high expectations for this team. When you have six guys playing in a conference match that can all score well … When your No. 3 guy has an off day, it’s good to know your No. 6 guy has your back and can come in with a low score.”

Anderson Beliveau shot 38 and B. Owen 39. Drum and Packard had 40s as Davie defeated Reagan (156) and Forbush (160).

That’s seven matches and seven wins for this overnight powerhouse. Through 18 holes in the CPC, B. Owen was the individual leader, while Spillman and Packard were tied for second.

“Our No. 5 and No. 6 players are currently tied for second in the conference after two conference matches,” Spillman said. “That was unexpected.”