A.J. Beechler has won the 4A Individual State Championship today in a playoff on Pinehurst No. 6 with a 2-under round, beating out 83 others golfers from across the state. A.J., who was 3-over after the first day, shot 70 today to tie for the lead after 18, then parred the first playoff hole for the win.
This is the second year in a row that A.J. has taken this honor.
In the team results, Pinecrest placed 5th overall, while Pinecrest Junior, Symon Balbin, finished with a very respectful tie for 7th.
Beechler, a Pinecrest Senior, has earned many trophies in is his young career, including the 2016 Donald Ross Junior Champions held at the Pinehurst Resort and County Club.
Article by John Patota, Sandhills Sentinel Contributor.
Photo credit of A.J. Beechler by Carolina Golf Association.