May 17, 2012
Broughton freshman golfer Stephen Saleeby won the North Carolina High School Association 4A individual golf championship Monday with a score of 67 on Pinehurst number eight.
"It feels pretty great," said Saleeby.
Saleeby won the regionals to get into the state tournament and said that win gave him a lot of momentum.
"The first day I obviously got hot and had a good back nine, to come out 67, I just got it done," said Saleeby.
But Saleeby said he wasn't going into it hoping for the individual win, the Broughton team took home a championship title as well.
"The individual is just icing on the cake, the team is what we were focused on, and it was just unbelievable winning both," Saleeby said.
"Stephen started out the year about how we thought they all would, we were very young, we had senior leadership on the team that helped," said Broughton golf coach Steve Smith, "the whole year he just improved, he just started focusing."
Saleeby played golf every day, every day that he could and reserved his nights for homework.
"I try to stay focused on what I’m doing out there and try and keep my mind off other things," said Saleeby, who also admitted that his phone has finally stopped ringing since the win.
Current PGA star Webb Simpson came up through Broughton High School but Saleeby is taking his success day by day.
"That's just a huge dream, I didn't know I'd get this far, so who knows what could happen," said Saleeby.
What will happen is a dinner at Angus Barn. According to coach Smith, the coaches made a bet with the team, win the 4A golf championship and we'll take the team out to dinner at Angus Barn, and the coaches said they'll keep their end of the bargain.
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