EVANS – The West Forsyth boys’ golf team waited seven years to make its first state championship event in school history.
Then it had to wait some more.
After a 90 minute fog delay, the Wolverines took to the Champions Retreat Golf Club and made the most of it finishing tied for seventh with a score of 317, the top mark from a Forsyth County team at the Class AAAAAA GHSA Golf Championships on Monday.
Robert Shaw led the way for West with a 3-over 75 to tie for 11th individually. Zach Davis and Drew Ridings each shot 80 to tie for 40th, while Dru Adams shot an 82.
"I was thrilled with the final outcome," West head coach Chris Roy said. "We just kind of had our mind set on going out and performing the best we could and at the end of the day we’d be happy regardless what the outcome. I think we exceeded our expectations.
"I’m just thrilled for the boys."
West got out to a fast start on the front nine. Shaw was in contention, Davis and Ridings shot 37s and the Wolverines were just 4-over.
"That really fueled us and put us in a good position as the course got tougher," Roy said.
Indeed, as the fog dissipated the course dried out, greens got harder and faster. Shaw entered the championship hoping to be aggressive with his putting but had to be more conservative when the greens changed.
Davis and Ridings encountered a few bad holes on the back nine. Adams battled his own health more than the elements; he got sick over the weekend and didn’t have his usual endurance by the last few holes.
And yet, the Wolverines were buoyed by their top 10 finish.
"It was a good challenge," Roy said, "and that’s what you want in a state championship environment. Every team in the field was a quality team. So for us to finish where we did, I’m ecstatic."
Roy said West will miss Adams and Mason Jones, the teams’ lone seniors.
"They’ve represented our program with class," Roy said, "and both of those guys mean the world to me. … For Dru and Mason both to finish out their career at the state tournament and play on a great course with their buddies, I think that was a fitting way to end it."
But the Wolverines hoped Monday was just the beginning. They’ll return five of seven varsity golfers next season.
"We’re obviously very excited about moving forward," Roy said.