May 14, 2014
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Wake County has dominated 4-A golf for years. It's a fact that many observers of high school golf already know.
That stranglehold continued this year, as Broughton won its eighth team championship since 1998. Those Broughton championships include a string of five consecutive titles from 1998-2002.
Green Hope ended Broughton's run in 2003, but Broughton won the title again in 2004.
In all, since 1990, Wake County schools have won 18 of the 25 4-A golf team state championships.
Wake County schools have not loosened their grip on golf in recent years either. In fact, it may have only strengthened. Behind two championships from Broughton (2012, 2014) and Green Hope (2009, 2010), and a title from Leesville Road (2011), Wake County has won five of the last six team titles.
The only misstep for Wake County schools in the last six years happened last year when Pinecrest won the team title in 2013.
Broughton's dominance in golf continued this year behind two big performances from Preyer Fountain and Stephen Saleeby. Both shot two-day totals of 145.
Saleeby opened up the tournament with a 71, then shot a 74 on the second day. Saleeby shot a 72 on the first day and ended the two-day tournament with a 73.
Broughton's Will Minton also pitched in with a total score of 148.
Wake County golfers have also done well in the individual side of the tournament, winning nine individual championships since 2000.
Green Hope's Brendon Todd won three individual golf state championships in his four years of high school. Todd won the 200 title as a freshman (139/Finley Golf Course), then won again as a junior (144/Pinehurst #8) and senior (142/Pinehurst #4).
Todd's sophomore year saw Broughton's Rand Williams win the individual championship at Finley Golf Course, shooting a two-day total of 136.
In 2004, Webb Simpson won the individual championship. The Broughton golfer shot a 141 two-day score in Pinehurst. The first day of the tournament, Simpson shot a 70 at Pinehurst #4, then a 71 at Pinehurst #2.
Wake County golfers couldn't overcome Northwest Guilford's Drew Younts in 2005 and 2006, but Green Hope's Kevin O'Connell won the title in 2006 at The Reserve. O'Connell shot a two-day score of 141.
Another Green Hope golfer won the title in 2009. After Pinecrest's Jack Fields won the 2008 championship at Pinehurst #6, Green Hope's Michael Cromie won the individual title, shooting a 139 at Pinehurst #4.
Leesville Road's Grayson Murray took the helm in 2010. Over the two-day tournament, Murray shot a 138 at Pinehurst #8 to claim another championship for Wake County.
The last Wake County individual champion came in 2012 when Saleeby won the championship for the Caps, shooting a 140 at Pinehurst #8.
Wake County nearly got another individual champion this year. Millbrook's Stephen Franken roared back in day two of the tournament with a 68, a four-stroke improvement over his 72 on the opening day of the tournament. Franken went into a playoff round with Hough's Patrick Cover, but Cover birdied the first playoff hole to claim the state title.
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