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Ian Locklear Shares SEC Honors!

April 27, 2010
Purnell Swett High School

Swett's Locklear shares top player honors by Shawn Stinson 

LUMBERTON - Purnell Swett's Ian Locklear wasn't happy after the final Southeastern Conference golf match of the season.

It wasn't because of he missed a short putt on the 10th or on the 13th, Locklear was upset because he had to share conference player of the year honors with Pinecrest's Zach Martin. Both players finished the conference season with a 73.17 scoring average.

"It feels good, but I wanted it to be solo," Locklear said. "I wanted it to be like last year, when I won it by myself (in the Two Rivers Conference)."

Locklear, who was the Two Rivers runner-up two years ago, fired a 2-over 74 in windy conditions Monday at Pinecrest Country Club. Pinecrest's Austin Dunlap carded a 1-under 71 to claim individual medalist honors. Dunlap's teammate Sam Packard was second with a 1-over 73.

Pinecrest notched a team-total score of 293 to finish first, while Lumberton had its best team finish of the year with a 316 score to take second. Purnell Swett finished two shots behind the Pirates for third.

"We had two underclassman, Brad (Byrd) and Jeff (Broadwell) that played their best round of the year," Lumberton coach Larry Gore said. "That's what we have been missing all year, having the third and fourth guys play well for us."

Gore credited his team's knowledge of the course in helping the players in the difficult conditions.

"With the wind the way it was, they knew where not to hit the ball," Gore said. "We really started to play smarter towards the end of the year."

The teams of Pinecrest, Purnell Swett and Richmond will advance to next week's regional golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 1. In addition, Lumberton's Ryan Bass and Blake Inman advanced to the regional tournament.

Locklear said he was excited to return to a course where he has enjoyed success.

"I love that course," Locklear said. "I won a tournament there by shooting a 70 and 68 to finish 2-under. We played there earlier this year and I was looking to shot a 68 or something there. I had bogied five holes in a row and shot a 76, my worst round this year."

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