Hunt, NJ advance to NCHSAA girls golf championships

SN’s Collie, CBA’s Strickland qualify as individuals

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BOLIVIA — The Hunt High girls golf team, Wilson County and Big East Conference champions, will make an appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A championship after recording a runner-up finish at Monday’s NCHSAA 3-A East Regional at Carolina National Golf Club in Bolivia.

Elsewhere, North Johnston will book an appearance in the 1-A/2-A championship after turning in a third-place showing at regional competition at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course.

Led by Plern Rattanaprakarn, the Lady Warriors shot a 268 for their low three individuals, grabbing one of the three automatic team qualifying spots to next week’s championship.

“They did really well,” Hunt coach Jeff Boykin said. Our goal was to get into the state championship as a team, and to survive and advance. What the girls wanted was the right to play another week — and that’s what they did.”

The Lady Warriors, with a 268, finished four shots behind regional champion Cape Fear and its 264. Fayetteville Terry Sanford was a distant third at 294 to claim the final team selection.

“That was the toughest course that we’ve played,” Boykin said. “You can tell by the scores.”

Rattanaprakarn finished third individually, firing an 85 on the 5,200-yard layout without the aid of the double-par rule. That total was five shots behind Cape Fear’s Toni Blackwell and Carmen Tucker of Terry Sanford. Blackwell won the medalist honor on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Also scoring for Hunt were the 87 of Sarah Bunn and the 96 of Ashton Barnes. Connor Worley shot a 105 and Allison Boykin tallied a score of 117.

Boykin called the 96 of Barnes as “huge.”

Qualifying individually were the top 17 individuals not on a qualifying team. Thus, Southern Nash’s Elisabeth Collie and Savannah Strickland of Charles B. Aycock will be represented from The Wilson Times readership area.

Collie finished 14th overall with her scorecard of 98. Strickland settled into a tie for 16th at 103.


GOLDSBORO — North Johnston secured a spot in next week’s NCHSAA 1-A/2-A championship at Foxfire Golf and Resort after a third-place showing in regional action Monday.

The Lady Panthers finished third at 297, claiming the last team spot alongside regional champion Raleigh Charter (255) and Carrboro (294).

Compiling the North Johnston scorecard was Haley Narron, who finished 10th with a round of 90. Traclyn Clark added a 95 and Victoria Crocker had a 112 on the 5,000-yard layout from the red tees.

Currituck County’s Bailee Twiford won the individual title with a 66, one shot clear of Kill Devil Hills First Flight’s Katherine Schuster.