South earns first golf championship since 2016

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Posted 4/28/22

South Johnston boys golf team is heading to regionals after winning the Quad County Conference title.

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South earns first golf championship since 2016


FOUR OAKS — The most dominant boys golf team in the Quad County 3A Conference proudly held the league’s inaugural championship trophy inside its home clubhouse this week. 

Though the QCC title match Tuesday at Reedy Creek Golf Course was ultimately called off due to threatening weather, Daniel Benson and his South Johnston squad were still able to celebrate the program’s first conference crowning since 2016. 

“The whole team is good and our program is growing in the right direction,” Benson said in a recent phone interview with The Daily Record.

“But I think this is the first time we had four strong golfers at the top of my team, and they all played a role in us being so competitive.”

Benson added that this season’s run was especially historic as his group won every match, marking a first for Trojans golf.

They topped the field with 48 points for the year, eight more than runner-up Fike (40). South also had the lowest stroke margin, 321 1/2, with Fike’s 355 1/2 coming closest. 

Cole Howard, Parker Denning, Kaden Gray and Brady Carroll led the way with each finishing within the top six QCC golfers this spring. 

Howard finished second in the individual standings with a 464 final total, and 73 stroke average, through six matches. Denning (472), Gray (478) and Carroll (515) were ranked second, third and sixth respectively. 

All four, plus Colby Shearer, qualify as a team for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A East Regional on Monday, May 2, where they’ll return home to Reedy Creek and hope to post scores good enough for states. 

Howard being the lone upperclassman among the foursome has Benson excited about the possibility of more hardware in the future.  

“I’m losing my top player, but honestly, I’m still confident that we’re gonna gain a couple of players next season that can fill some of these roles,” he said. 

“It’s totally possible that we could continue our success in the next few years.”  

The opening tee times from Reedy Creek on Tuesday begin at 8:30 a.m., with Shearer starting his round at 9:20, Carroll following at 9:30, Gray at 9:40, Denning at 9:50 and Howard at 10.

Donnell Coley can be reached at or 910-230-2040. 


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