ELIZABETHTOWN — Cade Hancock completed his second summer on the Coastal Junior Golf Tour with his second straight Player of the Year title after picking up a pair of second-place finishes on the links this month.
Hancock, 13, competed at Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation in Leland recently and all but came up a few holes short of winning.
The event was shortened by rain with Hancock having just finished his 14th hole, and the result was that he finished one shot off the lead and settled for second place.
Hancock then went on to compete in the first day of a two-day tournament at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, where he struggled to find his game and carded an 88. The second day was played at Porters Neck Plantation & Country Club, where Hancock got back in stride and fired a 78. That gave him a two-day total of 168, good for fourth place.
In the season’s final competition, Hancock traveled to River Landing in Wallace, where he built a one-shot edge after 16 holes. But disaster struck on the 17th hole and Hancock found himself trailing by two shots going into the final hole, where he buried a par putt. But it wasn’t enough to get the win, and Hancock finished tied for second — a card playoff bumped him to third.
For the season, however, Hancock’s two victories, a second-place finish, a third and a fourth earned him enough points to repeat at Player of the Year.
He will travel to Grandover Resort in Greensboro this weekend to compete in the second leg of the Drive, Chip & Putt contest.