Spartans wrap up state golf play in Pinehurst
Kerr-Vance’s Daniel Burnette shot a 78 on both days at the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 2-A state golf tournament to finish tied for 17th out of a field of close to 60.
Brandon Dickerson shot an 86 for the Spartans Tuesday after an 88 on Monday at Tallamore Golf Club in Pinehurst.
Burnette and Dickerson, both seniors, have each been members of KVA’s team since the seventh grade.
“I’m really proud of Brandon and Daniel,” said Spartan coach Dave Carrier. “They’ve been great players and great leaders this year.”
Gaston Day sophomore Archer Price, a Georgia Southern commit, claimed his second state title with a two-day total of 141.
Two Westchester Country Day golfers finished two shots back of Price for second place. Westchester won the team competition, shooting 607. St. David’s was second with 615.
Burnette was five strokes back of earning all-state honors as he did as a sophomore.
“He’s just solid,” said Carrier. “He’s a leader. He encourages his teammates. I’ve had opposing coaches say things like, ‘My kids really like playing with Daniel.’ He’s a really good player, but he’s also a really good kid.”
“I was trying to make a run at all-state,” added Burnette. “It was a little disappointing being my senior year. But going down there with Brandon, it was still a fun trip. I had a great time.”
Neither Burnette or Dickerson devote all of their time to golf. Both are three-sport athletes, also playing basketball and soccer.
“The thing that’s impressive about Brandon is he’s such a great soccer player,” said Carrier. “But his favorite sport is always the one he’s currently playing.”
KVA didn’t make the field as a team for the first time since 2005. The Spartans claimed top-five 2-A finishes in each season from 2010-2012 and won back-to-back 1-A titles in 2008-2009.
“I hate we didn’t make it as a team, but that’s how tough the competition is,” said Burnette.
KVA will drop from 2-A to 1-A next season. Three of the Spartans’ Eastern Plains Independent Conference mates, St. David’s, Cary Christian and Rocky Mount Academy, made the 2-A field this season.
Elon School won the 1-A title Tuesday with a 644. The second-place team, Hickory Christian Academy, shot a 777.