04/12/11 — Saints claim ECC golf crown

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Saints claim ECC golf crown

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on April 12, 2011 1:47 PM

Southern Wayne finished the job.

The Saints fired a four-man total of 311 and easily topped the field during the final Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season golf match at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Club on Monday afternoon.

The victory locked up the conference championship for head coach Jeremy Joyner and his squad, and completed a season-long goal.

"We have been in pretty good position the last two or three matches to lock things up," said Joyner. "Today makes it official and I could not be happier for my guys. We have talked about winning the conference all year and putting ourselves in position to compete at the regional."

Kyle Best led the Saints with the medalist-round of 70 and was named the ECC player-of-the-year.

"I can not say enough about that young man," said Joyner. "He has been pretty consistent all season and he has really matured as a sophomore."

Will Bunch added a 76 to the Saints' total. Chris Best shot a 78 and John Graham completed the tally with a round of 87.

As it has done throughout the season, Triton finished second with a 327.

Eastern Wayne used its home course advantage to capture third place in the team standings. Caleb Jones led the Warriors with a round of 76. Hidematsu Sueki (85), Andrew Green (90) and Ty Smetzer (94) rounded out the Warriors' score.

Charles B. Aycock captured fourth with a 352 total. Michael Fearney (85), Jordan Salter (88), Dylan Mitchell (89) and Lawrence Burnett completed the Golden Falcons' total.

North Lenoir ended up with a 377, paced by Ryan Grady's round of 88. Alex Brownley (90), Zack Hancock (94) and Hunter Kornegay (105) completed the Hawks' score.

Cleveland shot 400.

The teams meet Wednesday for the season-ending ECC tournament at Reedy Creek Country Club.