Lady Warriors set 18-hole mark in latest in Big East romp

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Nine-hole or 18-hole rounds, the record-setting season continued for the Hunt High girls golf team in the last of six 3-A Big East Conference matches Monday afternoon over the par 36-35—71 Willow Springs Country Club layout.

The teams played 18 holes in a conference match for the first time this season and champion Hunt responded with a school-record 256 for its low three individuals.

The Lady Warriors of coach Jeff Boykin completed their sweep of the conference matches. Southern Nash, the overall runner-up, again placed second at 308. Franklinton shot 376, followed by Fike at 418.

While Hunt repeated as the team champion, Plern Rattanaprakarn, a junior exchange student from Thailand, wrapped up the individual crown. Senior teammate Sarah Bunn emerged the runner-up while Southern Nash junior Elisabeth Collie, the 2017 Big East Player of the Year, wound up third.

Hunt wound up with 909 strokes for 63 holes, followed by Southern Nash (1,074), Franklinton (1,320) and Fike (1,406).

With birdies at Nos. 5, 8 and 17, Rattanaprakarn paced the field with a round of 36-41—77. Rattanaprakarn claimed medalist honors in all six matches.

Bunn turned in the second-best score of 42-40—82. The Lady Warriors also counted a 52-45—97 from sophomore Connor Worley. Freshmen Ashton Barnes and Allison Boykin shot 99 and 115, respectively.

Rattanaprakarn succeeds Collie as the player of the year with a 186 total for her five low nine-hole rounds. Boykin is again the runner-up at 201, with Collie third at 211.

The top 10 individuals were proclaimed all-conference. That remaining list: 4. Ashton Barnes of Hunt (246), 5. Connor Worley of Hunt (249), 6. Taylor Hall of Southern Nash (260), 7. Allison Boykin of Hunt (267), 8. Samantha Puckett of Southern Nash (271), 9. Sarah Kenney of Franklinton (294) and 10. Lily Puett of Franklinton (312).

“I’m very proud of the improvement all of the girls have made so far this season, throughout the lineup,” Boykin commented. “Our goal has been to get a little bit better every day and have fun doing it. I think that’s exactly what they have done.”

Southern Nash’s Collie notched one of her best 2018 rounds of 42-41—83, with a birdie on No. 5. Junior Taylor Hall shot 107, while freshman Samantha Puckett birdied No. 14 in coming in at 114.

Fike scores were 135 from Carrie Myrick, 141 from Mallory O’Brien and 142 from Alana Robbins.