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Southern’s team, Eastern’s Brehler nab league golf titles

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Southern Alamance put another notch on an historic season of boys’ golf this week, and Eastern Alamance’s Gryffin Brehler secured a notable accomplishment.

The Patriots clinched the Central 3-A Conference championship despite rough stretches in the conference tournament at Stoney Creek Golf Club because they had built a large enough lead throughout the season. Brehler became the individual champion in the league, winning his first conference match of the year in the process.

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“On a team with the most historic season Southern has ever had,” said Patriots junior Lacy Carroll, who recorded a hole-in-one during the round. “With this team, I feel I could have a shoulder to lean on.”

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Here’s the Southern Alamance golf team after clinching the county championship earlier this year. They are, left to right, Lacy Carroll, Brody Aydt, Kaden Long, Jvan Hamby, and Landon Linch. Missing is Jo Jo Gilbert.

Southern’s season-long conference total of 1,411 topped the seven-team field. Eastern was second at 1,484, followed by Williams (1,503), Western (1,522), Roxboro Person (1,587), Cedar Ridge (1,830) and Orange (1,859).

The Patriots won the Alamance Country championships and own a conference title for the first time on record.

“We have gotten better where when something goes wrong we don’t get gloomy over it because we know we can recover,” Southern coach Michael Park said. “Having a competitive team is going to be a little different going to regionals.”

Brehler’s 2-over-par 73 was the best score Monday, one shot better than his brother Max Brehler, while Eastern’s Jason Ball was third at 79 before Southern’s Landon Linch at 80. Gryffin Brehler’s 293 total score in conference play was good for a 13-shot edge on Southern’s Kaden Long, while Max Brehler was third at 308 followed by Williams’ Christos Katsoudas (311), Western Alamance’s Joey Peterson (313), and Carroll (314).

Eastern golfer Gryffin Brehler

Prior to Monday, Brehler placed second in three matches and third in two others.

“I was really more consistent,” Brehler said. “There were a ton of rounds that I thought could have been really good.”

Brehler, who shared second place in the conference in 2023, might be done with competitive golf after this season. He plans to attend East Carolina.

Eastern won the tournament with 318 compared to Southern’s 327, followed by Williams at 343, and Western at 344. But the league team is based on a cumulative of all the conference matches.

“We’re just winning a lot more than normal,” Southern’s JoJo Gilbert said. “Coach Park is definitely enjoying it. We just enjoy it and having a good time most of the time.”

Eastern and Williams teams along with individual qualifiers Peterson, Tyler Clayton, and Hamilton Plunkett of Western will join Southern in Monday’s Class 3-A Mideast Regional at Highland Country Club in Fayetteville.

Carroll aced the par-3 seventh hole, using a 52-degree wedge for the 158-yard shot. It was his first-ever hole-in-one, and his father, Clint Carroll, and grandfather, Ed Carroll, were there to see it and share hugs afterward.

It helped boost Carroll, who had struggled to that point.

“I knew I had to turn something around,” the junior said.

The shot came after he stopped wearing a hat, figuring high scores on the two previous holes necessitated changing something.

“He’s not going to remember his horrible round (of 83), but he’ll remember the hole-in-one,” Park said.

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