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SOUTHERN PINES — The weather was brisk and the competition was stiff but the Hunt High girls golf team made history Monday morning at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A championship.
Playing for the first time as a team in a state championship tournament, the Lady Warriors shot a score of 267 in the first round on the par-72, 5,210-yard layout at Longleaf Golf and Family Club. That left Hunt in sixth place out of 12 teams and 21 strokes off the leading pace of Concord Cox Mill.
“We played well,” said Hunt head coach Jeff Boykins, “267 was a good score for us on that course under these circumstances. We’ve got three girls that this was their first time in this.”
Plern Rattanaprakarn, a junior exchange student from Thailand, was again the low score for the Lady Warriors, as she has been all season. Rattanaprakarn produced an 8-over 40-40 that included three birdies and even an eagle on the 446-yard No. 9. However, she also had seven bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple as she ended the first round of the 36-hole event in 12th place out of 78 golfers.
Lady Warriors Sarah Bunn put forth her best round in four trips to the state championship with 11-over-par 83. Bunn had a birdie on No. 6 in her 41-42 finish. Also scoring for Hunt was Connor Worley with a round of 49-55—104 while Ashton Barnes came in with a 58-62—120.
“I thought we hit the ball really well,” Boykin said. “I don’t think our putting and chipping was bad; that’s where we can make up the most ground.”
Cox Mill leads the field with a 30-over 246, two strokes better than Rockingham County and three shots ahead of Northern Guilford. Weddington heads up the second tier of team scores with a 261, followed by Waxhaw Marvin Ridge in fifth at 263, Hunt, Fayetteville Cape Fear (269), Charlotte Catholic (283), Fayetteville Terry Sanford (285), East Rowan (295), East Chapel Hill (296) and D.H. Conley (339).
Three players playing as individuals sit at the top of the field with Asheville’s Ana Tsiros in first place after shooting a 2-under 33-37—70, that included four birdies and a double bogey. Anna McDonald of Hickory is in second with a 1-over 73, followed by Kayla Smith of Burlington Williams at 3-over 75.
FOXFIRE VILLAGE — North Johnston, another school making its first team appearance in a girls golf state tournament, sits eighth in the nine-team field of the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A championship at Foxfire Golf and Resort.
Led by Traclyn Clark’s 98, the Lady Panthers shot a 325 on the par-72, 5,864-yard Grey Fox course. Clark’s 48-50—98 tied her for 41st place. Haley Narron was next for North Johnston with a 104, good for 48th in the 78-player field. Victoria Crocker shot a 123, tying her for 73rd place.
The Lady Panthers are 50 strokes behind Raleigh Charter, which is in the lead with a 275. Gray Stone Day of Misenheimer is second with a 278, followed by Lenoir Hibriten (286), Midway Oak Grove (290), Lake Norman Charter (292), Avery County (300), Maiden (310), North Johnston and Carrboro (369).
Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills First Flight sizzled to a round of 68 as she leads by six strokes over Forbush’s Mallory Forbes.