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ACHS Women's Golf Wins Regional, Headed to Pinehurst

 

On Monday, October 20, the ACHS Women’s Golf Team grabbed the top spot at the NCHSAA 4A West Regional with a team score of 253. With the Regional win, the Lady Cougars advance to the 2014 NCHSAA State Championship on October 27-28 at Pinehurst. ACHS Senior Abbey Hartsell captured Medalist honors at the West Regional played at Bermuda Run. She fired an even-par score of 74. Picture above from the left are: Taylor Cozart, Abbey Hartsell, Kaelyn Pack, Felicia Rhyne, and Coach Todd Clontz.
 
(updated Oct. 21, 2 p.m.)

Lady Cougars win Golf Regional, headed to Pinehurst for State Championship next week

    By D.N.  PENNELL, Jr.
    The ACHS Women’s Golf team secured the school’s fourth straight berth at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Championship with its 4A West Regional win on Monday, October 20.
    Behind an even-par score of 74 from senior Abbey Hartsell, the Cougars captured the 4A West title at Bermuda Run Country Club. Hartsell led ACHS to a 253 team total, two shots ahead of defending champion Ardrey Kell on the 5,220 course in Bermuda Run.
    Senior Kaelyn Pack carded an 89 for the Cougars, while junior Taylor Cozart added a 90 for the ACHS squad.
    The Cougars, Ardrey Kell, and Charlotte Catholic advanced to next week’s NCHSAA State Championship in Pinehurst. In addition to the top three teams, a total of 17 individuals punched their tickets to Pinehurst for next week’s finals. The cut line for the state finals was 93. ACHS junior Felicia Rhyne missed the qualification cut with a 105 total.
    The win at the 2014 regional marks Alexander Central’s fourth straight trip to the finals as a team. In addition, Hartsell becomes the first ACHS player to qualify for the state finals all four seasons. The team reached the finals for the first time in school history in 2011. Hartsell finished tied for 12th in the state during the championship rounds and ACHS placed sixth as a team.
    In 2012, Hartsell won medalist honors at the West Regional, leading ACHS to the school’s second team appearance in the state finals. ACHS placed seventh as a team in 2012 and Hartsell tied for eighth in the individual scoring.
    Last fall, ACHS placed second to Ardrey Kell in the Regional Tournament at Brushy Mountain Golf Club. Former Cougar Kelsie Rhyne carded a 79 to lead the team’s scoring last October. At Pinehurst, ACHS placed fifth in the team standings and Hartsell was 12th individually.
    The Lady Cougars will open play at the 2014 NCHSAA 4A State Championship on Monday morning, October 27, on Pinehurst #1 in the Village of Pinehurst. The state title for teams and individuals will be determined over two days and 36 holes of golf at the famed Pinehurst course. Tee times for the State Championship had not been released at presstime.
    For more information about the 2014 finals, go to the NCHSAA website at www.nchsaa.org.

 
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