DOBSON — Surry Community College’s golf team finished third and North Surry graduate Jon Solomon placed first among players competing as individuals in the Cougar Classic in Spring Lake over the weekend.
Led by freshman, and Forbush graduate, Dylan Ray’s two-day score of 160, the Knights shot a 654 in the two-day tournament held Sunday and Monday at the 7,215-yard Anderson Creek Golf Club. That score was behind only Patrick Henry Community College (627) and Johnston County Community College (638). Surry finished ahead of Wake Tech (677) and Fayetteville Tech and Central Carolina Community College (both with scores of 709).
The Knights were competitive despite taking a squad comprised mostly of its B team. SCC was in second place after Sunday’s round with a score of 319, putting them just five strokes back of Patrick Henry.
“I told the kids look at the scores between Patrick Henry and us. It’s only five strokes difference and they have nowhere to go — all of them are in the 70s,” Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “I thought we could move two or three strokes per player. Patrick Henry maintained the next day, but our scores went a little south. But I was pleased with the performance of some of the kids and I was pleased with the performance on day one. I think it was maybe a little bit of inexperience.”
Dylan Ray, a freshman from Forbush, fired a 77 on day one to lead the Knights, while Wesley Brown carded a 78. Wesley Brown’s two-day score of 164 was the second-best for Surry, just ahead of Brock Jessup’s tournament tally of 166. Dylan Brown finished the tournament with a 170, while Jack Edwards’s two-day total was 171.
“My freshmen, Brock Jessup, Dylan Brown and Dylan Ray, I think these kids will be ready to move up and I feel good about them,” Pendergraft said, noting that freshman Chris Dorsett didn’t play over the weekend. “We have four freshmen I think will be powerhouses next year. We carried two sophomores, Wesley Brown and Jack Edwards, and maybe they felt a little pressure to pull up our score on day two. But it was good experience. They gained knowledge on a couple of rules and the caliber of golf they have to play to be competitive.”
Freshman Jon Solomon competed in the individual division and finished tied for first in the category with a two-day score of 173. Pendergraft was very pleased with the performance of the North Surry grad.
“He had not scored well in some of the events we tried out for, so we played him as an individual and lo and behold he shoots an 82 on the first day and beat all the kids tagged as individuals,” Pendergraft said. “I was really pleased with his performance and hopefully that is a confidence builder for him knowing he is in competition with our squad.”
Surry will be back in action this Saturday, Oct. 8 at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy. Both Surry’s A and B teams will be compete against Division II schools from South Carolina, including Spartanburg Methodist.