COVINGTON - Landon Cheek fired a 2-under 34 for Newton on Monday, but it wasn't enough as the Rams fell to Salem 174-175 in nonregion golf action at The Oaks.
In girls play, The Lady Seminoles completed the sweep as they picked up the win 96-103.
In the boys action, Cheek's low round was one off hiscareer best, but it came down to the final foursome as both Salem and Newton picked up strokes out of the last group.
"The greens were really good today," Cheek said. "I was making more putts than I usually do and I just struck the ball a whole lot better today. The end of our rotation is starting to play better and figure out the game more, so that's good."
Salem led 176-180 after the first two groups posted their scores, but Miles Goldman finished with a 48 for Salem to pick up two shots to 174.
Colby Westbrook also turned in a surprising round, finishing with a 51 for Newton to pick up five shots, but the Rams fell just short at 175.
Cheek wasn't the only one to shoot in the 30s as teammate Payton Bundy shot a 37 and also had two birdies. Morgan Paige rounded out the scoring for Newton with a 53.
Salem got a solid performance from its team as all four golfers posted rounds in the 40s. Lane Keenan led the way with a 40, followed closely by Sharvil Metha, who finished with 41. Kyle Reagan posted a 45 to round out the scoring for Salem.
"We're getting better," Newton coach Gus Condon said. "It's still the same story for us; the short game. But our beginning golfers are really starting to improve and Landon is starting to crank it up a little bit. Hopefully by region play we'll be full steam ahead. We're competing. Last time we played them, they beat us by 30-something strokes, so we're getting there."
While Cheek was spectacular on the boys side, Salem's Dari Goldman was equally impressive for the girls.
Goldman posted a 40 to lead the way, while teammate Jamie Lee shot a 56 to give the Lady Seminoles the win.
"We pulled both of them out," Salem girls coach Stan Allen said. "Jamie came in with a 56, and that helped us a lot. My number one (Goldman) is getting to where I'd put her up against just about anybody out there right now. She's playing very well."
The Lady Rams got a solid effort from their tandem of Ashley Anthony and Adrian Kitchens, who shot 50 and 53, respectively.
The Lady Rams lost for only the second time this year, but both have come at the hands of Salem.