It was business as usual for Midway’s golf team on Monday. The Raiders combined to shoot a 302 at the NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regional at the Vineyard Golf Club in White Lake — 42 strokes ahead of runner up Wheatmore.
“I told them what I always tell them: ‘Go out there and play your game, don’t put up big numbers and it’ll work out,’” said Midway golf coach Glenn Patrick. “We try to play smart. It’s all individual, but everybody’s got a job to do.”
Logan Patrick shot a 68 to take medalist-of-the-day honors, and teammate Andrew Eldridge finished as the runner-up with a 71. Glenn Patrick said he wasn’t sure if he had heard of two golfers from the same school taking the top two spots. Caden Hodges shot a 79 and Jordan Sullivan shot an 84 to round out the Raiders’ scores.
“We had a very good day,” Patrick said. “Logan and Andrew played lights out. My freshman [Hodges] came through with a 79. He struggled on the last couple of holes, but I was still proud of the way he handled his first regional. And my senior [Sullivan] had one of his worst rounds I’ve ever seen on the front nine, but he shot a 39 on the back nine, so I’m proud of how he bounced back and handled himself, too. Logan set the tone by playing lights out, and Andrew did, too. Those two guys played tough. We played very smart golf. Hard work pays off.”
Now Midway will turn its attention to next week’s state championship. The Raiders won it all last season, and Patrick believes they can do it again.
“There’s going to be some good teams at states, but we’re a good team too,” Patrick said. “We’ve got to play the course, play the way it’s supposed to. We’re going to take our notes, look at different situations, see how the greens roll. We know we can shoot a good score, we’ve just got to do it... They’re a competitive bunch. They feed off each other. We practice competitively, each of them wants to beat each other. And I think you’ve got to have that competitiveness to be successful. These kids are a class-act. When matches are over, other kids are messing around while they’re on the putting green having a little competition. They always want to get better, and that’s what it takes.”
The last several days have been a whirlwind for coach Patrick. Prior to winning regionals on Monday, he went up to Chapel Hill for the NCHSAA annual meeting, where he was presented a certificate for being named Boys Golf Coach of the Year.
“It means a lot to be recognized,” Patrick said. “But these kids are the ones who deserve most of the credit. [Assistant coach] Donnie Moore and I, we just try to put them in a position to be successful. But they’re the ones who do all the hard work. This success doesn’t happen without them. I’m more proud of them than anything.”