FOXFIRE VILLAGE — Defending individual champion Courtney Gunter of Indian Trail Porter Ridge is in a position to try to make it three state titles in a row after Monday's opening day of play in the N.C. High School Athletic Association's state 1A/2A/3A women's golf championships at the Foxfire Resort and Golf Club.
Gunter, a senior who has won the last two individual championships in this classification, is tied with Lake Norman senior Haley Hammond after both posted four-over par 76 scores on the West Course at Foxfire.
West Henderson sophomore Kayla Scuipider is by herself in third place,
three shots off the pace.
Juniors Laura Chang of Jamestown Ragsdale and Lori Beth Adams of WesternAlamance are four shots back.
Defending team champion Cameron Union Pines made a strong team showing with an excellent score of 254 to hold first place by 16 shots over Jamestown Ragsdale.
Charlotte Catholic is in third, 19 shots back, and Lake Norman and Southern Lee are tied for fourth just a shot behind Catholic.
The best three scores of a team count toward the team totals, and a total of 12 teams and 78 golfers are competing in the event, the sixth year that a separate 1A/2A/3A championship has been held.
Play is scheduled to get underway at 9:00 on Tuesday morning. Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2008 STATE 1A/2A/3A WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Foxfire Resort and Golf Club
1. Cameron Union Pines 254
2. Jamestown Ragsdale 270
3. Charlotte Catholic 273
4. Lake Norman 274
Southern Lee 274
6. Black Mountain Charles D. Owen 276
Southern Alamance 276
8. Salisbury 277
9. Asheville T.C. Roberson 287
10. Pittsboro Northwood 291
11. Pfafftown Ronald Reagan 294
12. Hampstead Topsail 295
Monday's Results — Individual Leaders
1. Courtney Gunter, Indian Trail Porter Ridge 37-39—76
Haley Hammond, Lake Norman 38-38—76
3. Kayla Sciupider, West Henderson 43-36—79
4. Laura Chang, Jamestown Ragsdale 40-40—80
Lori Beth Adams, Western Alamance 41-39—80
6. Coni Fuenzalida, Black Mountain C.D. Owen 40-41—81
Karli Heimbecker, Southern Lee 40-41—81
8. Allison Lee, Salisbury 44-38—82
Jessica Neese, Southeast Guilford 41-41—82
10. Laura Kinsman, Cameron Union Pines 43-40—83
Mattie Tobey, East Lincoln 45-38—83
12. Amanda D№Ostropoh, Cameron Union Pines 44-40—84
13. Jennifer Crow, Havelock 42-43—85
Kathryn Rand, Hampstead Topsail 42-43—85