May 15, 2012
Freshman Stephen Saleeby of Raleigh Broughton enjoyed great success in his first round ever in state tournament action on Monday in the 76th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A men’s golf championships at Pinehurst number eight.
Saleeby fired a five-under par 67 to race to a five-shot lead over the field. Andrew Klasing of Charlotte Ardrey Kell and Clayton's David Germann are five shots back at even par 72.
Six shots off the pace in fourth place are two of Saleeby's teammates, George Kilgore and Will Minton, along with Southern Pines Pinecrest's Joshua Martin
The championship is being contested on a par-72 layout set at 6,698 yards for the NCHSAA event. Play was delayed at one point for about an hour due to storms.
Raleigh Broughton, which had a string of five consecutive state titles from 1998 through '02 and also won it in 2004, fired an outstanding team score of 288 to carry a 12-shot advantage into the final day of play. Charlotte's Ardrey Kell is tied for second with Huntersville Hough at 300, with Southern Pines Pinecrest just behind at 301 and Charlotte Myers Park at 302.
Defending champion Green Hope is in seventh place with a 305 total. Green Hope has won the 4-A team title four times in the last six years and a Wake County school has won the 4-A men's championship 12 times in the last 14 finals. 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 is scheduled to resume at 8:00 on Tuesday morning.
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