Wedgewood, Willow Springs prevail in junior golf league finale

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Junior golf teams from Wedgewood Public Golf Course and Willow Springs Country Club put the finishing touches on dominating summers after the fifth and final match of the Eastern North Carolina Junior Golf League last week at Wedgewood.

The Wedgewood boys and Willow Springs girls won their final matches, securing a spot in the finals to be contested Aug. 7. The boys finals will be held at The Emerald Country Club in New Bern beginning at 2 p.m., while the girls will play at New Bern Country Club at 9 a.m.

The July 26 results in the boys division saw Wedgewood amass 25.5 points, compared to 20.5 for Zebulon Country Club and 7.5 for Willow Springs. In the girls division, Willow Springs tallied 15.5 team points in the regular-season finale, with Wedgewood getting 5.5.

Wedgewood outpointed Zebulon 141-84 in the final regular season boys standings, with Willow Springs a distant third at 44.5. The girls race saw Willow Springs outpace Wedgewood 63-29.5. Zebulon, which did not score in the finale, finished with 17 points.

For the most part, all regular-season individual champions prevailed in the final match at Wedgewood.

In the girls Ages 10-13 ranks, Bree Council of Willow Springs fired a 39, while Allison Boykin of Willow Springs fashioned a 60 in Ages 14-18. Council edged Wedgewood’s Lanie Jinks 17-15 in total points, while Boykin split with Zebulon’s Taylor Capps in amassing 13.5 points over the five matches.

In the Ages 10-11 ranks for boys, Wedgewood’s Joseph Butts held off Samuel Allegood and Cameron Ratliff, both of Willow Springs, in the regular-season finale. Butts had a 42, which was two strokes better than his competitors. Butts, with 19.5 points, prevailed for the overall title with 19.5 points, two clear of Allegood.

Drew and Nate O’Neal, both of Wedgewood, deadlocked for the lead in boys Ages 12-13 on the final day, each authoring a 39. For the overall point lead, Drew edged Nate, 16.5-14.5.

Zebulon owned the two oldest age divisions on the boys side. Josh Miller fired a nine-hole 38 in Ages 14-15, beating teammate Spencer Edwards by six shots. Miller also seized the individual points title, beating Edwards 19.5-11.5.

Chance Puckett of Zebulon led the way in boys Ages 16-18 with a 44, defeating teammate Thomas Jeffries by six strokes. Puckett won the regular-season title with 16 points, 5.5 clear of Jeffries and Josh Baker of Willow Springs.