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Aycock’s Simmons Wins Second Straight NCHSAA 3-A Golf Crown; Ledford Takes Team Title

3-A WOMEN’S GOLF

AYCOCK’S SIMMONS WINS SECOND STRAIGHT IN NCHSAA 3-A WOMEN’S GOLF,LEDFORD CAPTURES TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN

SOUTHERN PINES— Tara Simmons of Pikeville Charles B. Aycock won her second consecutive individual state title on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 3-A women’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.

Simmons was one shot back entering the final day of play, but her consistent 77-77—154 under difficult playing conditions gave her the title by four shots. Chandler Danielson of West Henderson was second with a 158 total, and first-day leader Ashley Sloup of South Brunswick had an 83 in the final round for 159.

The championship layout was a par 71 and 5,770 yards.

Ledford, the defending 3-A team champion, made it two in a row with a 251 team total on Tuesday for a 506, 12 shots ahead of the field. Ledford had opened a nine-shot lead after the first day.  West Henderson was second with a 518 total and then Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons was well back in third at 539.

The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a total of 12 teams and 78 golfers are competing in the event, the 10th year that the sport has been classified. It was the second time that three separate championships have been held and the 32nd year for state championship competition in the sport.

COMPLETE SCORES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE LINK CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS DOWN THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FRONT PAGE