The McDowell Titans golf team showed improvement from recent weeks in their home match at Marion Lake Club Tuesday, but it still wasn’t enough to move the needle.
The Titans shot 397, finishing last among the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference teams. West Caldwell, who had three players shoot in the 70s and the other two shoot in the 80s, easily captured the win with a 306.
They were followed by Alexander Central (342), Hickory (330), St. Stephens (356), Freedom (344), South Caldwell (385), Watauga (376) and the Titans.
Jordan Johnson shot an 88 to lead the Titans, while R.J. Stanley carded a 99 and Matthew Johnson a 101. Evan Grigsby and Colby Davis also played for the Titans.
Freedom’s Jared Clontz was the individual medalist with a 1-over-par 71. Noah Bumgarner of West Caldwell placed second with a 73. West Caldwell’s Matthew Gurnsey and Lexton Ford shot 75s, as did Hickory’s Eli Wyatt.
With two matches left, West Caldwell has turned the league race into a laugher. The Warriors (1,587) hold a 113-shot advantage over second-place Alexander Central (1,700). Hickory (1,708) is in third place.
The race for league medalist and conference Player of the Year is tight, though; with Gurnsey (297) holding a two-shot lead over Clontz (299). Wyatt and Bumgarner are tied for third at 304.
The NWC teams play at Silver Creek (Freedom) next Monday and wrap up the regular season Apr. 29 at Boone Golf Club (Watauga).