May 15, 2012
Defending individual champion Taylor Coalson of North Surry is among two golfers tied for the top spot after Monday's first day of the 27th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A men’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
Coalson and Salisbury's Alex Nianouris came in with scores of one-under 70 on the par-71, 6,600-yard layout. The Salisbury golfer finished in a tie for fourth in last year's state tournament.
Newton-Conover's Alex Hefner and Miller Capps of North Lincoln are one shot off the lead at 71, and Festus Turlington of Clinton shot 72.
Salisbury, seeking its second consecutive state team championship, built up a solid 13-shot lead on Monday with a score of 290, ahead of North Lincoln at 303. North Lincoln took the team crown in 2009 and '10 and was runner-up last year.
Newton-Conover is in third place with a 310 score. The best four of six individual scores count toward the team total.
Prior to 1986, all NCHSAA schools competed for a single title in an open tournament. Play went to three classifications in 1986 and then to four classes beginning with the 1998 tournaments.
A total of 84 golfers began play in the two-day tournament. Action will resume at eight o’clock on Tuesday morning. Play was delayed a little over an hour on Monday due to storms.
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