CHAPEL HILL — For the second consecutive year, Moore County High School has a golfer headed to the region tournament. Moore County junior Emily Powell shot a 114 in the district tournament last week to qualify for the regional, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15. Powell will tee off at 1 p.m. at Champions Ridge in Eagleville. The top three teams move on to the region tournament, along with the top five golfers with the lowest score who are not on a qualifying team.
At Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Sept 10, White House won the girls meet with a team score of 198. White County senior Kristen Miller’s 94 took low medalist honors. Teammate Tori Bradford, a sophomore, had a 104.
White-House Heritage was next with a 218, getting a 104 from Brooklyn Spicer and a 114 from Patricia Bensen. Forrest placed third with a score of 228, led by Caitlyn Burt’s 113. Fellow Lady Rocket Dani Hoeft netted a 115.
Ashley Craig, of Sycamore, carded a 95, to place second overall behind Miller and qualify for the region. Individually, she was followed by the 104 by Miller’s teammate Bradford and the 104 of White-House Heritage’s Spicer.
Also qualifying for the region was Fayetteville’s Caitlyn Plunkett, who finished with a 113. Next was Powell’s 114, while Eagleville teammates Kenya Hackney and Taylor Turnage each shot 115 to qualify.
Making it to today’s regional was bittersweet for Powell, who had hoped she wouldn’t be the lone Raiderette in the field.
“I was really happy that I got to go to the region again, but I am really sad that Breanna (Woosley) is not getting to go with me,” said Powell. “She only missed it by (six) strokes.”
Powell positioned herself for a charge toward the region by firing the sixth lowest score, a 52, over the first nine holes. If not for an 8 on the No. 3 hole and back-to-back 7’s on No. 6 and No. 7, she would have been in contention for the lead. She struggled a bit on the back nine with a 62, including being tripped up on the 13th hole and having to take a 10.
Miller meanwhile, was well above par, but never took higher than a seven on any hole.
None of Moore County’s boys qualified for the region.
The Raiders were led by Gage Morrison and Montana Driver, who each carded a 103. Tanner Womble added a 104 and Austin Waters had a 113. Jay Layman shot a 124. Cheatham County’s Hunter Gibbs was the low-medalist with a 74, helping Cheatham County win the district meet by two strokes over White-House Heritage 336-338.