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SOUTHERN PINES — The Hunt High girls golf team wrapped up its first-ever appearance as a team in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A girls golf championship with a seventh-place finish following the completion of Tuesday’s final round at Longleaf Golf and Family Club. Hunt concluded Monday’s opening round in the sixth position.
Led by junior exchange student Plern Rattanaprakarn, the Lady Warriors produced a 277 for their low three individuals. Rattanaprakarn shot an 82 to finish with a two-day total of 162. Her Tuesday round included birdies on Nos. 3, 5 and 17 to finish in a three-way tie for ninth with Kallie Pavlish of Charlotte Catholic and Katharina Floyd of Pittsboro Northwood.
“I was really happy with the way they played,” Hunt coach Jeff Boykin said. “Three of our four girls had never played in this, and they did great. I’m so proud of them for the whole season.”
The veteran of state tournament play, senior Sarah Bunn, concluded her fourth apperance at the NCHSAA championship. The first three trips were as an individual. Bunn, facing more challenging pin positions than Monday, logged an 83-88—171. Bunn’s two-day total is her high-water mark at a state championship.
“Sarah really went out on a high note,” Boykin assured. “That’s the best she’s done in a state championship, and she’s played in it all four years.”
Hunt’s final counting score Tuesday came from sophomre Conor Worley, the owner of a 104-107—211. Ashton Barnes, playing in her first NCHSAA championship as a freshman, authored a 120-113—233 in the absence of the double-par rule.
While only four golfers qualified for state tournament competition, Boykin pointed to the contributions of all 11 golfers on the Hunt roster — including senior Ashley Stillman, junior Gracie Taylor, sophomore Brinley Warren, freshman Anna Coleman, freshman Kathryn Willoughby, freshman Aydin Meadows and freshman Allison Boykin.
“We functioned as a team of 11,” Boykin said. “They all improved so much this season, and that’s throughout the whole lineup. “They’ve all worked hard on their games. That’s the coolest thing — watching them get better.”
Hunt’s team score of 267-277—544 for the two-day event was 51 shots back of champion Rockingham County (245-248—493), which won its fourth straight title in the sport of girls golf. It’s the second time in NCHSAA history that a school has put together four straight team titles, Salisbury being the last in the 1-A/2-A ranks from 2011-14.
Following in front of the Lady Warriors were Northern Guilford (249-257—506), Concord Cox Mill (246-260—506), Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (263-263—526), Matthews Weddington (261-266—527) and Cape Fear (269-261—530).
Rounding out the field behind Hunt were Charlotte Catholic (283-275—558), Fayetteville Terry Sanford (285-291—576), East Chapel Hill (296-304—600), East Rowan (295-305—600) and D.H. Conley (339-347—686).
Ana Tsiros of Asheville won the individual title with an even-par 70-74—144.
FOXFIRE VILLAGE — North Johnston, making its first-ever team appearance in an NCHSAA girls golf championship, held its position after Monday play and finished eighth out of nine teams at the close of 1-A/2-A competition at Foxfire Golf and Resort.
The Lady Panthers turned in a two-day total of 325-322—647, which was 72 shots clear of ninth-place Carrboro.
Haley Narron paced North Johnston on day two, shooting under 100 at 104-97—201. Tracyln Clark was second on the team at 98-105—203, while Victoria Crocker came in at 123-120—243.
Misenheimer Gray Stone Day won its first team title in girls golf, shooting a 278-276—554, 10 shots clear of Raleigh Charter (275-289—564).
Winston-Salem Oak Grove (290-276—566), Lake Norman Charter (292-280—572), Lenoir Hibriten (286-299—585), Avery County (300-298—598), Maiden (310-315—625); the Lady Panthers and Carrboro (369-350—719) rounded out the rest of the field.
Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills First Flight, competing as an individual, won her second straight 1-A/2-A crown with a 68-71—139.