CHAPEL HILL—Top golfers from across the state will compete next week in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 34th women’s state golf championships.
For the 12th year in a row, the NCHSAA is offering classified championships as the number of schools competing in the sport has grown, and for the fourth consecutive year there will be three different state championships. The two-day events will be held on Monday and Tuesday at three different sites.
The 4-A championship is set for Pinehurst number one, while the 3-A golfers will compete at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines. The 1-A/2-A classification will be held at the Red Fox Course at Foxfire Resort and Golf Club in Foxfire Village.
Players and teams qualified to the state championship from regionals across the state.
Raleigh Athens Drive and Charlotte Ardrey Kell have combined to win the last six state 4-A team titles, with Ardrey Kell winning in both 2012 and 2013.
Ledford has captured the last three state 3-A championships and has qualified to extend its title streak. Siranon Shoomee of Lee emerged from the back on the second to day to win the individual crown in 2013 and is back to defend her title.
Salisbury has taken top honors among 1-A/2-A teams in the state the last three years and has qualified a team once again. Isabella Rusher of Salisbury won the individual crown in both 2011 and ’12 but Annika Winebarger of Elkin took top honors last year.
The best three scores for a team, which may have up to five individuals, are counted each day toward the team total. The championship courses are set with par at 72 for the 1-A/2-A (5,703 yards) and 3-A (5,659 yards) and at 70 for the 4-A at Pinehurst (5,539 yards).
The championships will include a field of 78 golfers in all three tournaments. Golfers are scheduled to tee off at nine o’clock Monday morning in two of the events and at eight o’clock Monday morning in the 4-A. Players will be paired differently and tee times adjusted for Tuesday’s round, based on Monday’s scores.
Event: NCHSAA Women’s Golf Championships
Date: October 27-28, 2014
Site: 1-A/2-A: Foxfire Resort and Golf Club, Red Fox Course; 3-A: Longleaf Golf and Country Club; 4-A: Pinehurst No. 1
First Held: 1969
Qualifiers: Teams and individuals compete at the regional level qualify for the state tournament.
Of Interest: Blair Lamb of East Henderson recorded the low round in NCHSAA women’s state golf championship history with a 67 in the 2003 1-A/2-A/3-A tournament at Gates Four in Fayetteville.