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The River Challenges Golfers
BEACH OUTING. Nash Central’s Connor Davis hits a sand shot during Monday’s league golf match at The River GC. (Graphic photos by Geoff Neville)
BUNN -- As always, difficult conditions -- especially on the green -- awaited golfers during Monday’s Big East Conference match at The River at Lake Royale in Franklin County.

Fike -- the league’s top contender the entire year -- was once again the overall winner with 306 strokes.

Northern Nash was strong in the No. 2 position with 332 strokes, followed by Southern Nash (334), Rocky Mount (349), Wilson Hunt (363) and Nash Central (365).

Fike’s Coalter Paxton was the overall medalist as he fired an even-par 72.

Nash Central’s Nathan Johnson tied for third place at the match with a 77.

Northern Nash’s Andrew Wooten broke the 80 threshold that featured a miraculous par on the 17th hole that  helped save Wooten’s round.

On the hole, Wooten hit his drive left near a creek, and it landed just one foot away from going into the water.

Had Wooten been right-handed, he would have needed to step in the water to hit his ball. Instead, the lefty was able to send his shot forward, but it landed on an uphill slope in front of the green.

The area slopes down into a lake, but somehow, Wooten’s ball stopped short of being in the drink.

Wooten, facing a blind chip, then sent the ball to within 15 feet, and he calmly sank the par putt.

Hunter Daughtride also posted a quality round for the Knights with an 82. Dean Leonard, also with an 82, was the top scorer for Rocky Mount.

Matthew May and Jarrett Hagler led the way for host Southern Nash with 80s.

Other scorers for the Firebirds were Allen Michael Wilson (86), Tyler Powell (88), Greg Ellington (109) and Josh Keel (114).

Wilson Fike, a perennial state powerhouse, has dominated action -- as expected -- this spring in the Big East Conference.

With one match to play, the Golden Demons have an insurmountable 162-stroke advantage over Southern Nash.

But the tightest race in the league is for the second spot, as Southern Nash (1363) leads Northern Nash by just four shots. NNHS is coached by Rick Ruffin.

Here are the cumulative standings to date from the 2010 league golf season:

1) Fike 1201
2) Southern 1363
3) Northern 1367
4) Rocky Mount 1405
5) Hunt 1435
6) Central 1483

The final 18-hole Big East Conference match of the season will be held this coming Monday afternoon at the difficult Northgreen Country Club, which is located in Rocky Mount.

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