RALEIGH — Broughton posted a 139 Thursday afternoon, topping Leesville Road by 4 shots, without its top three golfers at Wildwood Green Country Club in the last Cap Eight match of the season.
The Caps posted scores of 31, 34, 36, and 38 with all-conference selection Harrison Rhodes finishing as low medalist of the event, bringing in a 31 on the par 35 back nine.
Rhodes was one of four Caps on the all-conference list, joined by teammates Stephen Saleeby, Will Minton, and Cap Eight Golfer of the Year Preyer Fountain. The last Broughton golfer to be named conference player of the year was 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson.
The Caps all-conference golfers finished the Cap Eight season with a combined stroke average of 35.3.
Broughton coach Anderson Marlowe seemed ready for the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Mideast regional tournament, which the Caps won last season at Raleigh Country Club.
“Our team is confident but knows that they have to play well next Tuesday,” Marlowe said. “We are defending Regional champs and we have won it on this golf course before. That will always boost your confidence but we know what is ahead.”
Fountain, Minton, and Saleeby, did not play Thursday afternoon in order to allow the top of the team’s lineup to rest and give others a chance to compete in the top spots. Broughton didn’t miss a beat, completing a sweep of all seven conference matches.
“Our ultimate goal is to get back to the States,” Marlowe said. “Having won the (NCHSAA 4A) state title two years ago, many of these kids were freshmen. Last year in trying to defend our title, a little extra pressure was put on them because of their early success. They did not show up ready to play at the state tournament last year.
“I can assure you that these kids are craving another opportunity at states and will not make that same mistake again. We may not win it, because there are other great teams out there, but I have a feeling that these guys will show up at every postseason event both prepared and ready.”
Leesville Road finished second Thursday, coming in with a team score of 143, led by Doc Redmen, Corey Wilson, Will Franzen and Will O’Brian, with scores of 34, 36, 37, and 37, respectively.
Millbrook and Heritage tied for third at 150, followed by Wake Forest and Wakefield (161), Sanderson (182) and Enloe (196).
Broughton, Millbrook, Leesville, and Heritage will all advance to regionals Monday and Tuesday at Raleigh Country Club.