High school state golf titles have familiar faces as winners

East Chapel Hill's Ben Griffin jumped out to a three stroke lead at the individual 4-A state title and never looked back.

“When I lost last year, it was my motivation to win three and tie the record,” Griffin said. “So really I just went out this week and tried to commit to shots and manage the course well and I was able to.”

But Griffin is no stranger to winning a state title, he won two years ago as a freshman.

Griffin made sure this year wouldn't be close. He finished with five straight birdies putting him out with a nine stroke lead.

Winning did not come as easy for the Pinecrest Patriots in the team championship. Charlotte-Myers Park erases a six shot deficit in the final round, pushing the Patriots to a sudden-death playoff.

“It's crazy. It's nerve wracking. I was more nervous on that tee than the first tee,” Patriot sophomore John Martin said.

Four players from Pinecrest and Myers Park head to the 17th hole. Patriot senior Zach Martin knocks in a birdie giving Pinecrest the state title.

“It's a heck of a way to go out,” Zach Martin said. “Hopefully it sets a standard for the freshmen and continue that tradition for years to come.”

Defending state champion, Broughton, finished in third, seven shots off the pace.

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