Porter Ridge's Gunter Rallies To Win In NCHSAA 1a/2a/3a Women's Golf


BUIES CREEK—Sophomore Courtney Gunter of Indian Trail Porter Ridge fired the only sub-par round of the day on Tuesday to come from behind to win the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1A/2A/3A women’s golf individual championship at Keith Hills Country Club.



Gunter was in fourth place after the first day in the 36-hole tournament, six shots behind defending champion and leader Cydney Clanton of Concord. But Gunter shot a two-under par 70 on Tuesday and birdied the 16th, 17th and 18th holes in the process, vaulting her to a 149 total. That was three shots ahead of Clanton, who had a final-day 79.



Salisbury’s Lauren Smith finished third with a 154 total and Wilson Fike’s Amy Otteson was fourth at 159.



The team race also saw a come-from-behind effort, as Salisbury shaved 14 shots off its first day score to defend its championship successfully. Salisbury finished with a 330, two shots ahead of first-day leader Wilson Fike.



Besides Smith’s 76 on Thursday, Salisbury’s Allison Lee shot an 82, down from a 94 on Monday, to enable the Lady Hornets to win the title in the 21-team field.



The best two scores of a team counted toward the team total. A total of 77 golfers competed in the event on the 5,638-yard layout, the fourth year that a separate 1A/2A/3A championship has been held.



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NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

2006 STATE 1A/2A/3A WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tuesday’s Results—Final Team Standings



1. Salisbury 172-158—330

2. Wilson Fike 163-169—332

3. Jamestown Ragsdale 175-165—340

4. Belmont South Point 181-168—349

5. Asheboro 181-171—352

6. North Lincoln 186-169—355

7. Lake Norman 179-178—357

8. Western Alamance 179-183—362

9. Mooresville 187-176—363

10. Southeast Guilford 178-187—365

11. Hampstead Topsail 180-189—369

12. Cameron Union Pines 184-187—371

13. Pikeville C.B. Aycock 184-191—375

14. Charlotte Catholic 191-189—380

15. Nash Central 200-186—386

16. Southwestern Randolph 198-193—391

17. Eastern Wayne 198-197—395

18. Southern Lee 194-204—398

19. Black Mountain C.D. Owen 208-195—403

20. West Henderson 203-202—405

21.Burnsville Mountain Heritage 235-210—445





Final Individual Leaders

1. Courtney Gunter, Indian Trail Porter Ridge 79-70—149

2. Cydney Clanton, Concord 73-79—152

3. Lauren Smith, Salisbury 78-76—154

4. Amy Otteson, Wilson Fike 77-82—159

5. Laura Chang, Jamestown Ragsdale 83-79—162

6. Cassie Ryals, North Lincoln 87-81—168

7. Megan Ulep, Belmont South Point 85-84—169

Jessie Poole, Alleghany 88-81--169

9. Kelly Forbis, Pikeville Charles B. Aycock 83-87—170

10. Brittany Zachrich, Hickory St. Stephens 90-81—171

11. Jessica Mitchell, Mooresville 90-82—172

12. Casey Narron, Wilson Fike 86-87—173

Emily Satterfield, Asheville T.C.Roberson 87-86—173

14. Haley Hammond, Lake Norman 86-88—174

Lori Beth Adams, Western Alamance 85-88—174