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A rarity: Southern golfers notch county title


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Southern Alamance’s boys’ golf team was a runaway winner in Alamance County championships after another strong showing Tuesday at Stoney Creek Golf Club.

Winning the event is something that might have never happened before.

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“It was nice,” coach Michael Parks said, noting he has been the coach for 23 years and the Patriots have never previously secured the championship in this event. “Our demographics at Southern, it hasn’t (worked out). Having the talent we have now is unbelievable. It has built up through the years.”

The 18-hole outing capped the weeks-long All-Alamance County competition.

Eastern Alamance’s Gryffin Brehler was the county medalist by six strokes across the 63 holes that were played since late February.

Southern junior Lacy Carroll, aided by three birdies, won the final competition with a 1-over-par 72.

Brehler was second at 74, while Christos Katsoudas of Williams and Brody Aydt of Southern shared third at 77. Southern’s Landon Linch was fourth at 79.

Overall, Brehler had a total of 224, with Carroll next at 230. Linch (232) and teammate Jo Jo Gilbert (237) were in contention. The worst score from one of the previous five nine-hole rounds was dropped for each golfer.

The top 12 finishers across the six competitions were dubbed all-county. Aside from Brehler and the top Southern trio, that list includes Katsoudas (238) and teammate Tim Klein (238), Aydt (241) and teammate Kaden Long (250), Western Alamance’s Tyler Clayton (251), Eastern’s Max Brehler (253), Western’s Joey Peterson (254), and Southern’s Jvan Hamby (258).

Aydt was the only Southern senior.

The Patriots posted a cumulative team score of 1,098, followed by Eastern (1,199), Williams (1,221), Western (1,229), and Southeast Alamance (1,489).

The final event of the county series was slated for Wednesday, originally at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane, but weather-related concerns caused it to be moved up a day.

Burlington’s The Valley Golf Course wasn’t available on the new date. So it ended up, oddly, at a course in Guilford County.

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