HUNTERSVILLE – Greg Murphy’s golf team improved as the season wore on, which is every coach’s goal. His Lake Norman Charter squad finished second in its conference, but rallied to win the N.C. 1A West Regional and finished second in the N.C. 1A tournament.

Murphy is the Herald Weekly Boys Golf Coach of the Year.

His Knights squad included sophomore Blake Fiest, a sophomore who was the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Player of the Year and all-conference picks Jake Blum (senior), Landon Ragley (sophomore) and Ben Cattoni (senior).

Murphy’s season of excellence was a continuation of the previous three. The Knights’ West regional championship was their second straight. The two years before that, they finished second. Lake Norman Charter’s past four finishes at the state tournament have been fifth, fourth, second and second.