South Stokes sophomore Rachel Fenner competed in the NCHSAA 1A/2A State Golf Championship match on Monday and Tuesday at Long Leaf in Southern Pines and tied for 25th place.
“I was really pleased with how I played the first day and was able to adjust to the green speed and made some really key putts and chips,” said Fenner. “The course seemed to play different because of the rain that fell overnight and I wasn’t able to adjust as well on the second day.”
Fenner shot an 88 on Monday, putting her in a tie for 15th place and on Tuesday’s 18 holes shot a 101, 29 over par.
“Rachel adjusted on the course and played well on the first day,” said longtime South Stokes coach Kent Mendenhall. “She hasn’t played on a course like this all year and we only had Sunday to practice. I think fatigue played a factor on her second day and she played tired at times.”
The state championship hosted 78 players from 1A and 2A schools across the state and was held at Longleaf Golf and Country Club, a 5,566-yard, par 72 layout.
“I had fun and was calmer this year because of my experience last season,” Fenner said. “I’m going to work in the offseason and strive to get better next year. I plan to play some tournaments over the summer in preparation for next year. I do hope that more players from Stokes County get more involved in golf so we can have a better showing in the state tournament.”
Freshman Katherine Schuster of First Flight won the 1A/2A state title with a 144 even par. Forbush golfer and Western Piedmont Athletic Conference player of the year, Mallory Forbes finished second, 10 shots behind Schuster.
Currituck County won the team competition and Mount Airy finished runner-up.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.