FOXFIRE VILLAGE—Defending individual champion Courtney Gunter of Indian
Trail Porter Ridge made it three state titles in a row in convincing fashion
on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state
1A/2A/3A women’s golf championships at the Foxfire Resort and Golf Club.
Gunter, a senior who had won the last two individual championships in
this classification, shot a brilliant two-under-par 70 in blustery, chilly
conditions on the West Course at Foxfire to win the individual crown by a
whopping 10 shots.
Gunter was tied for first with Lake Norman senior Haley Hammond after
Monday’s opening round. Hammond shot an 81 on the second day to fall out of
contention for the crown, but she still finished second at 156. Gunter’s 70
on Tuesday was the only sub-par round of the entire tournament.
Junior Laura Chang of Ragsdale and West Henderson sophomore Kayla
Sciupider each carded 157 to finish tied for third, 11 shots back.
Blair Lamb of East Henderson is the only other golfer to win three
individual state crowns in this classification, winning in 2002-04. Ashley
Leonard of Northern Nash won or shared three crowns when the competition was
open in 1997-98, including one in the spring of ’97 and then again in the
fall when women’s golf moved into that season.
Defending team champion Cameron Union Pines, which had a 16-shot lead in
the team standings over Ragsdale after the first day, held on to clinch the
title by 19 shots over Ragsdale with a score of 517. Western Alamance moved
up into third place at 544 with Charlotte Catholic and Southern Lee tied for
fourth at 549.
The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a
total of 12 teams and 78 golfers competed in the event, the sixth year that
a separate 1A/2A/3A championship has been held.
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NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2008 STATE 1A/2A/3A WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Foxfire Resort and Golf Club
Tuesday’s Results—Final Team Standings
1. Cameron Union Pines 254-263—517
2. Jamestown Ragsdale 270-266—536
3. Western Alamance 276-268—544
4. Charlotte Catholic 273-276—549
Southern Lee 274-275—549
6. Salisbury 277-273—550
7. Black Mountain Charles D. Owen 276-281—557
8. Pittsboro Northwood 291-270—561
9. Lake Norman 274-293—567
10. Asheville T.C. Roberson 287-284—571
11. Hampstead Topsail 295-280—575
12. Pfafftown Ronald Reagan 294-299—593
Tuesday’s Results – Final Individual Leaders
1. Courtney Gunter, Indian Trail Porter Ridge 76-70—146
2. Haley Hammond, Lake Norman 76-80—156
3. Kayla Sciupider, West Henderson 79-78—157
Laura Chang, Jamestown Ragsdale 80-77—157
5. Lori Beth Adams, Western Alamance 80-79—159
6. Karli Heimbecker, Southern Lee 81-81—162
7. Coni Fuenzalida, Black Mountain C.D. Owen 81-83—164
Jessica Neese, Southeast Guilford 82-82—164
9. Allison Lee, Salisbury 82-84—166
Mattie Tobey, East Lincoln 83-83—166
Mallory Warrick, Wilson Fike 86-80—166
12. Andrea Robbins, Providence Grove 87-81—168
13. Amanda D’Ostropoh, Cameron Union Pines 84-85—169
14. Jennifer Crow, Havelock 85-85—170
15. Kathryn Rand, Hampstead Topsail 85-86—171