CORNELIUS – Seth Gandy put himself in a position to succeed. Quite often this season, he did.

“I was hitting the fairways and hitting the greens,” he said. “I had a lot of good looks at birdies.”

That consistency led to a golf bag full of excellent scores for Gandy, a Hough High senior. He was the I-MECK 4A conference player of the year, finished tied for fifth at the N.C. 4A West Regional tournament and was fifth at the 4A state tournament at Pinehurst No. 8.

He is The Herald Weekly Boys Golfer of the Year.

“Seth played consistent and under par all year long and continually beat high class 4A competition,” Hough coach Erik Herberth said.

Gandy, a left-hander, averaged a 34 score in nine-hole competitions. He shot a five-under-par 67 at the I-MECK 4A tournament in Mooresville to win the championship and the conference player of the year award. Gandy finished one stroke ahead of teammate David Yang, and helped Hough win the conference team title.

The Huskies were loaded with talent, including three players who will play in college this fall. It made the players drive each other to excel.

“My teammates definitely pushed me a lot every day in practice,” Gandy said. “We’d be out there pushing each other, trying to beat each other. Every day we’d play, we knew (a score of) 36 was going to be third or fourth. You had to push to get better.”

Gandy and his teammates often were mentioned as state champion contenders, but they fell a bit short.

“I don’t think we played as good as we could have, but we still played pretty decent,” he said. “We were second at regionals and third at state. It was tough, but we had a good year.”

Gandy’s golf career will extend into college. He signed with Charlotte and is sharpening his game with amateur tournaments this summer. College golf plays in the fall, which gives Gandy a chance to jump right in.

“Right when I get to Charlotte, I want to be in the lineup right away,” he said. “I’m not going there to redshirt or anything. Our first tournament is in Japan. I want to be on that plane.”