• 73°

High school girls golf: Mustangs cruise to 4th straight title

By Mike London

mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — East Rowan freshman Hannah Waddell picked up a golf club for the first time a year ago.

Today, she’s the Rowan County champion. Waddell shot 39 for nine holes at Corbin Hills on Tuesday afternoon and breezed to a six-stroke victory over teammate Carlee Patterson.

“Hannah is a natural athlete with a positive attitude and an awesome work ethic,” East coach Rhett Teems said. “She’s good in a lot of sports, but if she sticks with it, she can do about whatever she wants to do in golf.”

Due to the COVID pandemic, it was the first girls county tournament held since the fall of 2019. All state guidelines were followed.

Waddell and Patterson led East to its fourth straight team title. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 titles for Teems and the Mustangs came at McCanless.

The county match is normally 18 holes. Eighteen were scheduled Tuesday, but the day was shortened to nine holes when play was slower than expected. It took more than two hours to complete the first five holes.

Emma Callahan shot 48 and was the third scorer for East. The top three make up the team score in girls golf.

“Our girls played the course very well today,” Teems said. “They’re solid and they’re all working hard. We’ve got a young team (with no seniors) that should be good for a number of years.”

East’s girls were in a league of their own and were playing against the course more than they were against the rest of the county.

Even with the scheduled match cut in half, East’s 132  total was 39 strokes better than second-place North Rowan. Hannah Wilkerson (56), Kimya Lynch (57) and Reya Shaw (58) were the scorers for the Cavaliers.

South Rowan was third with Blythe Elliot (55), Ella Carden (61) and Savannah Wallace (61) contributing to the team score.

Salisbury and West had two golfers each and couldn’t compile a team score. Carson didn’t have any participants.

East’s Addison Queen shot 50, giving the Mustangs the top four scorers.

Salisbury’s Phoebe Shields shot 51 for fifth place, while South’s Elliot took sixth. The top six golfers are designated as all-county.

Other competitors in the 18-girl field included East’s Emma Cornelison (56), West’s Dreamah Mason (62), West’s Sarah Waller (62), South’s Jennifer Thompson (62), South’s Aiden Shepherd (62), Salisbury’s Courtney Williams (63) and North’s Tyler Morrison (63).

East returns to North Piedmont Conference action at Larkin Golf Club on Thursday. The Mustangs are facing some stiff competition from South Iredell for the NPC championship. In a league match on Monday, South Iredell shot 131, while East Rowan shot 132. Patterson shot 42, Waddell 43 and Queen 47.

“We’re in a serious battle for the conference championship, and there are COVID cuts on the number of girls who will get into the regionals,” Teems said.  “This year, more than any other, has made us rethink the way we normally do things as coaches.”

Teems is coaching East’s boys and girls teams at the same time right now. Normally, the girls play in the fall.

 

Comments

Local

‘Meet the need’: Rowan County Health Department looks to add to vaccination options

Local

Seaford is first woman in county hired for town manager position since the ’90s

Local

Colonial Spring Frolic makes a comeback to kick off museum’s year

Local

Concord City Council wants to name bridge for fallen officer, Rowan native

Education

RSS administration will recommend selling Faith Elementary property to charter school

Business

Inspired by advice from father-in-law, Angela Mills launches her own business in memory of him

Local

Rowan County Democrats re-elect leaders, pass resolutions

Local

Baseball: Memories come alive in Ferebee book

Local

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, professionals reflect on detecting abuse in a virtual world

Business

Biz Roundup: Small Business Center announces spring slate of workshop for business owners

Clubs

Kiwanis Pancake Festival starts Friday

Local

Rowan fire marshal seeks to clear up confusion, worry caused by solicitation letter

Education

Fun every day: Fifth anniversary for Yadkin Path Montessori School

Nation/World

Charles: Royal family ‘deeply grateful’ for support for Philip

News

North Carolina sites to resume J&J vaccines after CDC review

News

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Playoff time means get ready for ‘big-boy football’

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT