Thursday, October 23, 2008

Girls Golf Championships start Monday

Top golfers from across the state will compete next week in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association¹s 28th women¹s state golf championships.

For the sixth year in a row, the NCHSAA will offer classified championships because the number of schools competing in the sport has grown. The two-day event will be held on Monday and Tuesday at two different sites.

The 4A championships are set for Pinehurst No. 1. The 1A/2A/3A finals are at Fox Fire Village on the West Course.

Players qualified to the state championships from regionals across the state. Last year Northwest Guilford earned the state 4-A team title by four strokes over Gastonia Ashbrook, with Charlotte Myers Park in third.

Raleigh Wakefield¹s Courtney McKim was the individual champion and returns to defend her title.

Cameron Union Pines captured the 2007 1A/2A/3A team title by four shots over Wilson Fike, with Salisbury finishing third.

Courtney Gunter of Indian Trail Porter Ridge, with a 71 on the last day, won the individual championship by a 11 shots and has qualified to defend her crown. Gunter will be trying to win her third straight championship.

The best three scores for a team, which may have up to five individuals, are counted each day toward the team total.

The championships include a field of 78 golfers competing in each classification. The first group in the 4-A championships will tee off at 8 a.m. Monday. The 1A/2A/3A final begins at 9 a.m. Monday. -- Observer News Services