Girls golf preview:
Published: Aug 07, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Aug 06, 2012 03:48 PM
The Tri-Nine Conference had a little bit of everything in girls’ golf last season, as parity and surprises reigned supreme.
Green Hope won the conference championship.
Middle Creek won the 4A East regional.
A Fuquay-Varina golfer captured conference player of the year.
And Athens Drive, who quietly had finished third in the Tri-Nine, won the state championship for the third time in the last four seasons.
Athens Drive loses two key seniors from last year’s group, but returns Sara Bae, who finished third in the 4A championships and has been one of the state’s top golfers since her freshman year. The senior was not eligible to win Tri-Nine player of the year because she had missed too many league matches.
Bae did win medalist at the Tri-Nine tournament last year, which the Jagauars also captured.
Fuquay-Varina’s Catherine Ashworth burst onto the scene as a freshman and led the Tri-Nine with a 36.63 strokes-per-nine-hole average. Ashworth tied for 10th at the state championships and will be Bae’s top challenger this season.
Middle Creek returns two of its top three players from last year in seniors Britney Smith (39.3) and Betsy Dohrer (40.9)
Green Hope had its regional and state championship hopes hampered when Nicolette Donovan, the Tri-Nine runner-up for player of the year, moved out-of-state just after the regular season.
But the Falcons do return two all-conference players in senior Maddie Lee (39.6) and senior Sophie Riegel (41.3), as well as sophomore Meghan Symonds and junior Maddi MacClurg – two players who competed in the state championships
Apex, which also qualified for the state meet last year, returns senior Cari Albritton (42.9) and sophomore Maria Cassas (44)
Holly Springs, which finished fifth in the Tri-Nine last year, returns juniors Raven Brown, a state qualifier, and all-conference player Leigha Holt (43).