Afer being able to point to a specific cause for Monday’s first-round issues, SouthWest Edgecombe coach Raymond Cobb had no idea why his team shot even worse on Day Two of the NCHSAA 2-A boys’ golf state championship.
“It’s hard to put a finger on why we played like we did the last couple days,” Cobb said.
SouthWest Edgecombe shot a 332 on Tuesday after shooting a 327 in rainy conditions on Monday at Long Life Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines.
“We had another bad day,” said Cobb, who added that the tournament was the worst his team shot all season.
SouthWest Edgecombe, which graduates only two seniors, was one of the favorites before the tournament began after winning the 2-A East Regional tournament with a 300, which was the lowest regional total of all the teams at the 2-A state tournament.
“In golf, you have to take this as a lesson and go back to work,” Cobb said. “We have a lot of young kids who are good young players.”
Southern Nash shot a team score of 341 on Tuesday, which placed it 12th out of 12 teams in 3-A.
The Firebirds played a decent round, coach Scott Collie said, but were hurt by a handful of bad individual holes.
Southern Nash had a pair of 10s and few nines that raised its score in a hurry.
“We probably played better than we scored,” Collie said. “If you chance those holes to even bogeys, our score is probably 10 or more strokes lower.”
Collie said that he was worried Southern Nash’s players, all of whom were playing at the state tournament for the first time, would be nervous.
That wasn’t the case.
“I was really proud of the way they acclimated themselves to the pressure right away,” Collie said. “There were a lot of good teams there, and they did a good job of representing the school.”