NCHSAA 3-A and 4-A Women’s Golf State Championship Recaps:Leah Edwards(Northwest Guilford HS) finishes in 6th Place overall

3A Women’s Golf State Championship Recap | Mathews coasts to individual crown while Fike holds off Union Pines for team honors

JACKSON SPRINGS, NC – Eastern Alamance’s Emily Mathews ran through the Gray Course at Foxfire Resort in 3-under, 69, on the final day of competition to card an even-par, 144, for the tournament and claim the 3A Individual State Championship in Women’s Golf. Mathews claimed her second straight individual title after winning the 3A title a year ago at Beacon Ridge.

Mathews carded five birdies against just a pair of bogeys in round two. She finished strong with three birdies in a four hole stretch from the par five 13th through the par five 16th on her way to a 2-under, 34, on the back nine. The strong back nine was a six-stroke improvement for Mathews from her 4-over, 40, in the opening round on her way to carding a 3-over, 75 for the day and a three-shot overnight lead.

Jacksonville’s Sanaa Carter was steady both days, shooting 6-over, 78, on both days of competition to hold off South Brunswick’s Jillian Fatkin by a single shot for second place honors.

The Golden Demons from Fike were the victorious team, holding off Union Pines by just three shots to win the Demons’ first State Championship in Women’s Golf. Fike was led by Bree Council who finished tied for 7th at 24-over, 168. Avery Briley contributed a 42-over, 186, to the Golden Demon effort, placing tied for 23rd overall. The pair was joined by teammate Morgan Harold who finished tied for 54th at 67-over, 211.

The NCHSAA is committed to celebrating outstanding sportsmanship and has partnered with NC Farm Bureau to award two outstanding athletes in each State Championship event with NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Awards. The 3A Sportsmanship Award winners in Women’s Golf for 2021 were Morgan Harold from Fike and Carolyn Coffey from Union Pines.

4A Women’s Golf State Championship Recap | Reagan sweeps as Ketchum sets a new State Tournament Record

PINEHURST, NC – The Reagan Raiders captured their third team title in the last four years, winning back-to-back 4A crowns as they blistered Pinehurst No. 5 with a two-round team 434, or 2-over par. Morgan Ketchum led the way for the Raiders, after battling to a 3-over 75 in the opening round, Ketchum came alive on the final day of the competition, firing a 7-under 65, a new State Tournament single round record. Ketchum’s 65 bested the 67 set by three players, including yesterday’s low-scorer, Ellie Hildreth from Hoggard, who slipped back to fifth place finish at 2-over, 146, after a 5-under opening round that tied the State Tournament record.

Reagan’s three scoring rounds came from Ketchum, Macy Pate, and Anna Howerton. Last year’s individual champion, Pate, carded an even-par, 144, for the tournament, finishing in a tie for second overall with Elizabeth Rudisill from Myers Park. Howerton played solidly, posting a 6-over, 150, placing tied for 11th in the individual event and helping the Raiders knock off Cardinal Gibbons, who placed second with a 17-over, 449, thanks to the steady hands of Ella Perna (+1), Ann Lattie Jackson (+5), and Kaitlyn Rand (+2).

Ketchum fired out of the starting gate, birding the first two holes before another pair of birdies on the par four 6th and 7th holes. She was 4-under through the front nine and opened the back nine with a pair of birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, both par fours. Her teammate, Pate, also rebounded from a 3-over, 75 in the opening round to card a 3-under, 69 on day two. Pate went out in 3-under, 33, thanks to birdies on the par five 2nd, par four 4th, and par four 6th holes. She added birdies on the 11th and 14th on the back nine, before posting bogeys for the 15th and 18th holes.

The individual championship for Ketchum was the fourth individual title in Women’s Golf for the school. She joined Pate, last year’s champion, Sasha Hayes, the 2018 winner, and Victoria Allred, the champion in 2011, as the school’s individual state champions in the sport.

The NCHSAA is committed to celebrating outstanding sportsmanship and has partnered with NC Farm Bureau to award two outstanding athletes in each State Championship event with NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Awards. The 4A Sportsmanship Award winners in Women’s Golf for 2021 were Hillary Gong from Reagan and Ann Lattie Jackson from Cardinal Gibbons.

2021 NCHSAA Women’s 4A State Championship
Pinehurst No. 5
5,467 Yards, Par 72, 70.9/124

Pos.	Player		                        R1	R2	Total	 To Par
1	Morgan Ketchum	Reagan	                75	65	140	-4
T2	Elizabeth Rudisill	Myers Park	71	73	144	E
T2	Macy Pate	Reagan	                75	69	144	E
4	Ella Perna	Cardinal Gibbons	72	73	145	+1
5	Ellie Hildreth	Hoggard	                67	79	146	+2
6	Leah Edwards	Northwest Guilford	72	75	147	+3
T7	Justine Pennycooke	Green Hope	74	74	148	+4
T7	Maria Atwood	Holly Springs	        75	73	148	+4
T7	Nicole Nash	Ardrey Kell	        74	74	148	+4
10	Sophie Lauture	Cox Mill	        71	78	149	+5
T11	Anna Howerton	Reagan	                75	75	150	+6
T11	Kaitlyn Rand	Cardinal Gibbons	76	74	150	+6
T13	Sadler Miller	Corinth Holders	        77	74	151	+7
T13	Terra Schmitt	Wakefield	        77	74	151	+7
T15	Shea Smith	Ardrey Kell	        76	76	152	+8
T15	Jayden Ford	Pinecrest	        76	76	152	+8
17	Boonyanant Rujiranan	Pinecrest	73	80	153	+9
T18	Heather Appelson	Heritage	78	76	154	+10
T18	Cailynn Winford	Mooresville	        77	77	154	+10
20	Mary-Paige King	West Forsyth	        77	79	156	+12
T21	Isabel Noot	Marvin Ridge	        80	77	157	+13
T21	Emerson B. Dever	Jordan	        78	79	157	+13
T21	Mary Elizabeth Harrison	Cardinal Gibbons	77	80	157	+13
24	Kelsey Jones	Holly Springs	        78	80	158	+14
T25	Catherine DeSiena Northwest Guilford	78	81	159	+15
T25	Tyler Spriggs	Green Hope	        81	78	159	+15
T25	Katherine Brictson Cardinal Gibbons	79	80	159	+15

Courtesy of James Alverson, MCHSAA Director of Media