Good help may be hard to find, but one contributor from Mooresville more than did her part to help her team prevail in another annual installment of golf’s version of a fairway border war.
Mooresville’s Kathryn Carson, a product of the Lake Norman High School golf program and current member of the East Carolina University women’s golf team, picked up points that proved pivotal in the Carolinas team’s comeback to claim this year’s title in the 63rd annual Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Golf Team Matches.
Jointly co-conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association and the Virginia State Golf Association, the competition pits some of the best amateur-level women golfers from North and South Carolina against counterparts representing Virginia and West Virginia. It was held on The Resort at Glade Springs’ Stonehaven Course in Daniels, West Virginia.
In what wound up being the closest-contested event in six years, the 24-player Carolinas entry rallied from a three-point deficit entering the third and final portion of play to claim a 75-69 decision.
Carson, presently a rising junior at ECU, picked up points in all three of her on-course appearances.
During the opening four-ball phase of play, Carson’s two-player team secured a half-point.
During the second day’s modified alternating shot process, Carson accumulated three points.
And in the closing day’s singles session, Carson chipped in by adding another 1.5 points to the team’s overall cause.
The Carolinas team’s final six-point winning margin was the closest in the series since 2013. With the win, the Carolinas crew finished first for the ninth time in 10 years and extended its overall lead in the series to 39-24.
The eventual winners used a final-day singles session win of 40.5 to 31.5 to make up the deficit.
In each of the head-to-head matches, three points were up for grabs, one each awarded to the front-nine winner, back-nine winner and overall match victor, respectively.
Under the scoring format, similar point totals were also in place.
Carson, ranked No. 13 among all women amateur golfers in the state and current owner of the CGA’s North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship title, was among the team’s 14 players age 18 and above forming the roster. The squad included eight seniors age 50 and above and two super seniors age 60 and above.
All positions on the team were filled by special invitation.
Next summer’s Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches will take place on a yet-to-be-determined course in North Carolina.