Surry golfers continue rapid improvement


Surry Community College’s golf team has improved its score all four times it’s taken to the links this spring, including a season-best 310 Saturday at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy.

The Knights opened the season during the March 4-6 weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., placing third out of five schools each day. On March 4 at Pine Lakes Country Club, Surry carded a team score of 351. The Knights improved by 20 strokes the following day, recording a team score of 331 at the World Tour Golf Links. SCC followed that up with a team round of 327 on the final day of the beach trip.

During a medalist tournament on the final day, Surry’s Nick Gunnell came in fourth out of 25 golfers with a score of 78.

“I was pleased with his round,” Surry Community College golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “He has been fairly consistent and I’m hoping he will break out and shoot even par. He is really a strong golfer.”

After a two-week layoff, the Knights were back in action Saturday in Mount Airy against the Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania). Once again, Surry improved its team score, turning in a season-best round of 310. Allegheny County finished with a score of 353.

“We dropped 24 strokes over our first weekend. Today we shot a 310, so in essence we have gone from playing not good to a winning score,” Pendergraft said. “A 310 is a pretty strong score on the golf course we play. And it showed me I have four players shooting an average of 77.”

Gunnell again led the way for the Knights, finishing as first-place medalist with a round of 76. Surry teammates Dustin Holloway (77) and Jack Edwards (77) both were just one stroke off the winning pace. Wesley Brown fired an 80 for SCC.

“I am excited about the improvement I have seen,” Pendergraft said. “We’ve gone from a 351 our first match to a 310 today, so we have improved 41 strokes. It was windy, rainy and messy at Myrtle Beach, but it was here today, too. I think our skill level has just improved that much from then until now.”

Pendergraft is excited about an upcoming golf event the Knights have been invited to from March 31-April 3 at Camp Lejeune. Approximately 25 teams will compete in the event, which is by invitation only.

“I’m excited to tell the community we are going to visit a military base and introduce our kids to what a military base looks like,” Pendergraft said. “It’s a unique tournament, only by invitation. Last year was the first year we got invited. Obviously they were pleased enough with our team and college that they invited us back. The kids will live on the base while we are there and each one of our players will play in a pro-am with a military person or a retiree from the marines, so it is going to be an interesting event for our kids.”

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