SOUTHERN PINES— Junior Courtney Gunter of Indian Trail Porter Ridge won her second consecutive state title on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 1A/2A/3A women’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
Gunter had the only even par round on the final day of play with a 71, giving her a 36-hole total of 145. That was good for a whopping 11-stroke margin over runner-up Laura Kinsman of Cameron Union Pines.
Three golfers ended deadlocked for third, with 83’s on the opening day and 75’s in the second round. Amanda D’Ostroph of Union Pines, Allison Lee of Salisbury and Amy Otteson of Wilson Fike were all in at 158.
Jennifer Crow of Havelock was just one shot out of first after Monday’s play but had an 86 on Tuesday to wind up tied for seventh overall.
Union Pines held off a strong surge from Wilson Fike to take the team championship by four shots, recording a 490 to 494 for Fike, which had the best team round of the tournament with a 241 total on Tuesday. Salisbury, in second place after 18 holes, wound up third at 502 but nobody else was within 60 shots of the leaders.
The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a total of eight teams and 77 golfers competed in the event, the fifth year that a separate 1A/2A/3A championship has been held. Par was 71 on the 5,611-yard layout.
Play started 30 minutes later than the original tee times indicated due to frost. Wendy’s and the Carolinas Ford Dealers are the presenting sponsors of the NCHSAA sports program.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2007 STATE 1A/2A/3A WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Longleaf Golf and Country Club, Southern Pines
TUESDAY’S RESULTS— FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Cameron Union Pines 243-247—490
2. Wilson Fike 253-241—494
3. Salisbury 251-251—502
4. Charlotte Catholic 282-286—568
5. Eastern Wayne 284-297—581
6. Burlington Williams 300-282—582
7. Southern Lee 281-302—583
8. Southern Wayne 317-309—626
1. Courtney Gunter, Porter Ridge 74-71—145
2. Laura Kinsman, Union Pines 78-78—156
3. Amanda D’Ostroph, Union Pines 83-75—158
Allison Lee, Salisbury 83-75—158
Amy Otteson, Fike 83-75—158
6. Lauren Smith, Salisbury 79-80—159
7. Jennifer Crow, Havelock 75-86—161
Lori Beth Adams, Western Alamance 82-79—161
9. Hayley Hammond, Lake Norman 83-80—163
10. Laura Chang, Jamestown Ragsdale 82-83—165
11. Mattie Tobey, East Lincoln 85-81—166
Brittany Zachrich, Hickory St. Stephens88-78—166
Alexa Mooney, Belmont South Point 88-78—166
Kayla Sciupider, West Henderson 88-78—166
15. Casey Narron, Wilson Fike 88-79—167