Kenan Poole finishes off dominating win in Dogwood State Boys'
 

Kenan Poole finishes off dominating win in Dogwood State Boys'

08/09/2018
Metro Golf Notes Posted by Reid Spencer
image (Photo courtesy of Carolinas Golf Association)
A closing 69 lifted Raleigh's Kenan Poole to a six-stroke victory in the 14th Dogwood State Boys' Championship.

DURHAM, N.C. (August 9, 2018) -- Kenan Poole of Raleigh finished with two rounds in the 60s to claim an impressive six-stroke victory in 14th Dogwood State Junior Boys' Championship at Duke University Golf Club.

With a 69 in Thursday’s final round, Poole claimed his second Carolinas Golf Association title of the summer.

"I think the first one is special, but the second one proves something, and that shows you can consistently hang in there and win tournaments," said Poole, who earlier this year won the Jimmy Anderson Boys’ title. "That's hopefully what I'm going to keep doing for my golf career."

On a week that saw both saw both flash flood warnings and temperatures reaching the 90's, it was all about grit and determination to finish atop the 130-man field.

Poole, a rising senior at Ravenscroft High School and a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill commit, went to sleep with a six-shot lead Wednesday night after play was suspended due to inclement weather.

However, after the conclusion of the second round on Thursday morning, Poole's lead was cut to three strokes.

His opponents attempted to chip away at the lead, but a two-under 34 on the front nine stretched Poole's lead to four stokes heading into the final nine holes of the championship. Poole didn't let up on the back nine, making two birdies and only one bogey to shoot 69 in the final round. He finished the tournament at 8-under-par 208, six shots ahead of runner-up Peter Fountain of Raleigh, who closed with a 72.

"A lot of guys I was playing with, you could see when they were missing fairways and missing greens—that's when they were making their mistakes," Poole said. "I knew the birdies would come, but when I play well personally, it's about limiting mistakes. This week only having four bogeys helped a lot to shoot some low numbers."

Fountain, who held a share of the first-round lead, finished birdie-birdie to secure second place.  

Michael Childress of Salisbury, N.C., made had a strong front-nine charge, posting a one-under 35, but still lost a stroke to Poole. Childress concluded his round with a back-nine 38 to finish third at even-par 216.

Poole was the 6th ranked junior boy golfer in North Carolina heading into the week, with a scoring average of 74.16. He'll be part of the eight-man team to represent the Carolinas at the 36th Carolinas - Virginias Junior Team Matches at the Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), in Pinehurst this weekend.

"It gives me a lot (of confidence)," Poole said. "Hopefully, we'll play well and beat the Virginias team. I'm obviously playing really good right now and had a really-really good summer. I'm just going to carry that confidence over into this week and hopefully play well over there."

14th Dogwood State Junior Boys' Championship

August 9, 2018

Duke University Golf Club

Durham, N.C.

Final Results
 

Pos.

Player

City - Class

Total to Par

R1

R2

R3

Total

1

Kenan Poole

Raleigh-2019

-8

71

68

69

208

2

Peter Fountain

Raleigh-2020

-2

70

72

72

214

3

Michael Childress

Salisbury-2018

E

74

69

73

216

4

Eston Lee

Four Oaks-2020

+2

72

73

73

218

5

Jack Marcotte

Apex-2019

+3

75

73

71

219

T6

Fulton Smith

Pinehurst-2019

+5

75

72

74

221

T6

Matias La Grutta

Cary-2020

+5

72

75

74

221

T6

Drew Hackett

Charlotte-2019

+5

75

74

72

221

T9

Pierce Robinson

Kings Mountain-2019

+6

74

73

75

222

T9

Alex Campbell

Charlotte-2020

+6

74

71

77

222

T9

Will Hanna

Raleigh-2018

+6

76

69

77

222

T9

Spencer Oxendine

Fayetteville-2019

+6

76

71

75

222

13

Charlie Barr

Salisbury-2021

+7

75

74

74

223

T14

Attie Giles

Pinehurst-2018

+8

70

76

78

224

T14

Connor Jones

Raleigh-2018

+8

75

74

75

224

T14

Josh Lendach

Raleigh-2021

+8

76

75

73

224

T17

Garrett Risner

Holly Springs-2020

+9

73

76

76

225

T17

Carter Rains

Greenville -2019

+9

77

74

74

225

T17

Tyler Dechellis

Clayton-2021

+9

75

75

75

225

T17

Zach Roberts

Holly Springs-2020

+9

74

76

75

225

T21

Nicholas Mathews

Mebane-2020

+10

76

74

76

226

T21

Cameron Akers

Asheville-2020

+10

76

77

73

226

T21

Graham Chase

Charlotte-2019

+10

74

79

73

226

T24

Thomas Eubanks

Charlotte -2019

+11

74

74

79

227

T24

Andrew Plate

Greensboro-2021

+11

78

73

76

227

T24

Walker Isley

Oak Island-2020

+11

75

77

75

227

T27

Caleb Surratt

Matthews-2022

+12

76

74

78

228

T27

Narayan Mohan

Charlotte-2021

+12

73

76

79

228

T27

Blake Brantley

Winston-Salem-2020

+12

77

73

78

228

T27

Cameron Whitney

Charlotte-2020

+12

74

80

74

228

T31

Davis Reynolds

Maggie Valley-2018

+13

75

75

79

229

T31

Addison Beam

Cherryville-2019

+13

80

73

76

229

T31

Symon Balbin

Pinehurst-2019

+13

78

75

76

229

34

Joey Pritchard

Pinehurst-2020

+14

77

78

75

230

T35

Kareem Elkassem

Raleigh-2023

+15

78

75

78

231

T35

Carter Boulia

Cary-2019

+15

78

77

76

231

T35

Hank Grzeszczak

Davidson-2019

+15

77

82

 

159

T38

David Langley

Greenville-2020

+16

72

80

80

232

T38

Christopher Gardner

Rocky Mount-2019

+16

77

76

79

232

T38

Riley Smith

Concord-2019

+16

76

79

77

232

T38

Minor Hinson

Charlotte-2021

+16

79

77

76

232

T42

Alex Rubino

Charlotte-2019

+17

78

77

78

233

T42

Clayson Good

Durham-2020

+17

81

75

77

233

T44

Cade Hancock

Elizabethtown-2019

+18

78

76

80

234

T44

Malin Muckenfuss

Charlotte-2020

+18

78

77

79

234

T46

Luke Perrino

Mooresville-2020

+19

78

78

79

235

T46

Zach Gilbert

Davidson-2019

+19

79

77

79

235

T46

Bryson Sprinkle

Rockwell-2018

+19

76

80

79

235

T46

Christopher Sperrazza

Raleigh-2019

+19

74

83

78

235

T50

Frank Gilliam

Raleigh-2020

+20

83

74

79

236

T50

Brady Hooks

Clayton-2019

+20

77

81

78

236

T52

Zane Sullivan

Charlotte-2019

+21

75

80

82

237

T52

Ben McCartney

Matthews-2021

+21

80

78

79

237

T52

Luke Nelson

Raleigh-2020

+21

80

79

78

237

T55

Jack Towarnicky

New Bern-2019

+22

76

78

84

238

T55

Nicholas Song

Waxhaw-2020

+22

75

80

83

238

T55

Andrew Graham

Asheville-2021

+22

80

76

82

238

T55

Tyler Partee

Thomasville -2021

+22

81

76

81

238

T55

Will Hawley

Raleigh-2019

+22

82

75

81

238

T55

Rob Salisbury

Winston-Salem-2019

+22

78

80

80

238

T55

James Carlin

Raleigh-2020

+22

79

79

80

238

T55

Kellen Graham

Asheville -2018

+22

83

76

79

238

T63

Garrett Dawson

Wilkesboro-2019

+23

79

78

82

239

T63

Brandon Jones

Sanford-2019

+23

77

81

81

239

65

Nicholas Stuedli

Charlotte-2018

+24

79

78

83

240

66

Casey Osiecki

New Bern-2020

+25

80

79

82

241

T67

Caden Baker

Mebane-2021

+26

80

77

85

242

T67

Pearse Lucas

Charlotte-2021

+26

81

78

83

242

T69

Mitchell Tanis

Pineville-2020

+27

79

79

85

243

T69

Britt Stroud

Raleigh-2019

+27

83

76

84

243

71

Randall Hudson

New Bern-2020

+28

74

80

90

244

72

Noah Butler

Raleigh-2019

+29

76

79

90

245

73

Jared Clontz

Nebo-2019

+30

81

78

87

246

 
 
 
 
 
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