Although Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina and Leigha Holt of Holly Springs posted low scores of 162 and 163 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s golf championships at Pinehurst number six, they weren’t low enough to take the title. Sarah Bae of Raleigh Athens Drive won a playoff to take the individual championship on Oct. 30.
Bae and Ashley Osiecki of New Bern finished 36 holes knotted at 152, three shots ahead of the field and 10 over par in difficult playing conditions. Osiecki had a 73 and Bae a 74 in the final round. The two golfers played the 18th hole even and then Bae won it with a birdie on the second playoff hole when they played the 18th again.
Meghan Symonds of Cary Green Hope and Hannah Craver of Pfafftown Reagan finished deadlocked for third at 155, three shots back. Then three golfers wound up in a tie for fifth at 157, including Shelby Osiecki of New Bern, Allyson Markiewicz of Charlotte Ardrey Kell and Gabby Weiss of Southern Pines Pinecrest.
Defending individual champion Victoria Allred of Pfafftown Reagan finished tied for 10th with Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina and Leigha Holt of Holly Springs following close behind at 162 and 163 respectively.
Ardrey Kell pulled away on Tuesday in the tight team standings to finish with a 490 total, 11 shots ahead of Pinecrest at 501. Green Hope was third at 504 and Reagan fourth at 508.
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 10th year that the sport has been classified. It was the second time that three separate championships have been held and the 32nd year for state championship competition in the sport.