SALISBURY OPENS HUGE LEAD IN 1-A/2-A WOMEN’S GOLF
FOXFIRE VILLAGE — Defending champion Isabella Rusher of Salisbury holds a one-shot lead after Monday’s opening day of play in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 1-A/2-A women’s golf championships at the West Course at the Foxfire Resort and Golf Club in Foxfire Village.
Rusher, who won the title by a single shot a year ago, was four over par on a chilly, blustery, damp day with very difficult playing conditions. The course is set at par 71 and a 5,765-yard layout for the championship.
Elkin’s Mary Frances Hall is one shot off the pace at 76, with Salisbury’s Grace Yatawara in third at 78, three shots back.
Defending champion Salisbury, which rolled to the 1-A/2-A team championship a year ago by a whopping 33 shots over runner-up Northwood, is in the process of doing it again. Salisbury opened up a 29-shot advantage of second-place Newport Croatan, with Monroe Piedmont in third at 280.
The best three scores of a team count toward the team totals, and a total of 13 teams and 78 golfers are competing in the event, the tenth year that the sport has been classified. It is the second year that three separate championships have been held and the 32nd year for state championship competition in the sport.
The final day of play is scheduled to get underway at 9:00 on Tuesday morning.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2012 STATE 1-A/2-A WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Foxfire Resort and Golf Club, West Course
MONDAY’S RESULTS– TEAM SCORES
Salisbury 246 Newport Croatan 275 Monroe Piedmont 280 Hendersonville 284 South Stokes 285 North Surry 287 Elkin 296 Pittsboro Northwood 297 Lake Norman Charter 307 Avery 311 Canton Pisgah 317 South Iredell 318 Granville Central 399
Isabella Rusher Salisbury 75 Mary Francis Hall Elkin 76 Grace Yatawara Salisbury 78 Kasie Tolbert North Surry 79 Ashley Thompson Pisgah 79 LeAnn Domitrovits Croatan 82 Madison Moore East Surry 82 Jessica Prince Piedmont 84 Katie King Tarboro 84 Maegan Ports Lake Norman Charter 86 Megan Burgess North Henderson 88 Mary Leonard Croatan 89 Brittany Smith East Lincoln 89 Taylor Shellman Highland Tech 89 Allea Hawkins Hendersonville 90 Liz Reed Piedmont 90 Annika Winebarger Elkin 91 Alexis Killian Lincolnton 91 Rachel Wynne Northwood 91 Megan Mabe South Stokes 92 Madeline Hoskins Salisbury 93 Brooke Smith Salisbury 93 Kelly Jackson Hendersonville 94 Samantha Lilley Riverside (Martin) 94 Gatlin Hiatt North Surry 95 Lindsey Burton Rosewood 95 Paige Church Avery 96 Lindsey Chamblin East Surry 96 Lacynn Heflin Princeton 96 Brooke Martin South Stokes 96 Jessica Lee NCSSM 97 Brooke Kiger South Stokes 97 Victoria Hedrick Central Davidson 98 Nicole Rogers South Stokes 98 Kristen Burleson Avery 99 Samantha Smith East Davidson 99 Abbey Stogner East Davidson 99 Courtney Simpkins Hendersonville 100 Syndi Parham Riverside (Martin) 100 Margo Lovelace North Lincoln 101 Kendal Hutchinson Northwood 101 Katie Tally Alleghany 102 Juliet Townsend Hendersonville 102 Taylor Gales Rosewood 102 Heather Hancock Jordan-Matthews 103 MaKenna Hammer Neuse Charter 103 Savannah Vasquez Croatan 104 Logan McClamroch Northwood 105 Jessica Hamlin Owen 105 Kirby Guill South Iredell 105 Brianna Williams South Iredell 105 Leah Hobgood SW Edgecombe 105 Abi Van Pelt Croatan 106 Emily Gabbard Highlands 106 Abbey Mills Piedmont 106 Elizabeth Belham Pisgah 106 Yancy Pace Polk County 106 Megan Widener Piedmont 107 Mary Hogan Croatan 108 Christy Harring Richlands 108 Morgan Deal South Iredell 108 Caroline Cole Highland Tech 109 Brittnay Buckstad Lake Norman Charter 110 Lacey Webb Mountain Heritage 110 Borden Thomas Northwood 110 Kayla Thomas Lake Norman Charter 111 Sarah Holleman North Surry 113 Karen Vanderford Northwood 115 Nikki Wright Avery 116 Mindi White Topsail 126 Kaley Cornelison Elkin 129 Sophia Nicolosi Cuthbertson 130 Allison Carey Granville Central 132 Dajana Gauble-Ogle Granville Central 132 Haley Penland Pisgah 132 Kayla Fogleman Granville Central 135 Becca Wilkins Corinth Holders 136 Eileen Phifer Riverside (Martin) WD