West Forsyth shot a school record 298 as a team to take the second annual Forsyth County Championship title Tuesday at Laurel Springs Golf Club, hosted by Lambert.
The win also marked the second-consecutive tournament championship for the Wolverines, who shot a 305 to take the title at the Packer Invitational in Moultrie, Ga., over the weekend. Before then, West had never won a tournament in boy's golf.
“This really gives us some more confidence with the way that we are playing right now,” West head coach Chris Roy said. “We just came back from Moultrie, which is the course the state tournament will be at, and we won that out of a 26-team field.”
Robert Shaw led the way for the Wolverines, turning in a card of 73 to earn top honors in the field of 36 competitors. West also had three individuals tie for third place as Drew Ridings, Austin Amburgy and Austin Jaynes all shot 75.
Connor Pollman shot a 78 and Jalen Laboy shot an 87 to round out the scoring for the Wolverines.
“Shooting a school record today, our kids have worked really hard and it's nice to see the hard work pay off,” Roy said. “We're playing some very good golf right now. They're very teachable kids, they bring it every day, they work hard, listen and have a great attitude, and they're great to each other.”
“We've got a great leader in Robert Shaw, a senior who's been here four years, and he's kind of taken the rest of the kids under his wing.”
Shaw had six birdies in the 18-hole round, but had four bogeys and two double bogeys that put him closer to other scorers. He managed the course well throughout the day despite gusty winds and soggy fairway conditions, though he said his biggest problem was the greens.
“I didn't think the fairways were that bad, actually,” Shaw said. “I was able to compress the ball really well, but the greens gave me trouble. They weren't very receptive of the ball and shots wouldn't stop on them, so I had to plan a lot of shots that ran onto the green.”
Lambert finished just 10 strokes behind West, with a second place 74 from Spencer Ball.
“It means a lot to win this one,” Shaw said of the competition. “This is only the second year of the event, but there are some good teams in it with Lambert—they are a great team. It's very tough these days to win a golf tournament, especially with the conditions today.”
Campbell Fisher and Brennan Bogdanovich each shot 77 for the Longhorns to keep pace, while Christian Payne carded a 77 for Forsyth Central.
Shaw said the county tournament, which featured all six GHSA-member county teams, had a special meaning because of the familiarity with the other opponents.
“Oh, we know everyone,” Shaw said. “I know all of the Lambert guys except for one or two. We always have conversations when I run into them. Most of us actually used to play different sports with, so there was a lot of camaraderie out on the course today.”
1. West Forsyth, 298
2. Lambert, 308
3. South Forsyth, 333
4. North Forsyth, 352
5. Forsyth Central, 359
6. Pinecrest Academy, 402