A pair of McDowell Lady Titans missed the cut for next week’s State 4A golf championships by the narrowest of margins at the West Regional tournament Monday afternoon at Salem Glen Country Club in Clemmons.
Junior Tyler Price and sophomore McKenzie Hartman were the only two Lady Titans to qualify for the regional, and both proved they belonged there with solid rounds Monday.
Price shot a 97, landing in a three-way tie for the 17th and final spot in the championships. On the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, Price’s par putt lipped out, and she was eliminated from contention when another player made a par.
Meanwhile, Hartman shot 98 and nearly made it a four-way tie for the final spot in the State 4A Championships this weekend at Pinehurst.
The top three team finishers automatically advanced, as well as the top 17 individuals not in the top three for qualifying teams.
Reagan High (237), Ardrey Kell (247) and Providence (254) were the top three placers. Reagan’s Sasha Hayes won the regional title with a 74. Providence’s Nina Kouchi was one shot back with a 75. Charleigh Hodges of Lake Norman (77) finished third.
McDowell assistant coach and Marion Lake Club Director of Junior Golf Joe Tisdale said he was proud of the Lady Titans, who finished in third place in their first season as part of the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference.
“All in all, the Lady Titan golfers had a very good season and are in good shape to have another successful season next year with everyone returning from this year’s team, plus the eighth-graders moving up,” said Tisdale. “Enough cannot be said for the cooperation of the Marion Lake Club for their outstanding support of the Lady Titan golf team and the McDowell County Junior Golf program.”
South Caldwell’s Abby Gray shot 101 and was the only other NWC 4A player in the event.
Conference champions Hickory placed third behind Cox Mill and Marvin Ridge in the West 3A Regional, qualifying for the championships. Hickory’s Anna McDonald, the NWC medalist, finished third in the regional with an 83, four shots out of first place.