There remain more fairways to cover for a select few area-based high school girls golfers.
That is the case following the efforts put forth during the course of this week’s performances in various N.C .High School Athletic Association regional competitions to determine the respective fields for the upcoming state championship finals.
A total of three players with local ties earned the right to extend their seasons as long as possible courtesy of scores posted during their respective 18 holes of strict stroke play.
Mooresville High School’s twosome of teammates Lauren Martin and Megan Bornkamp will be joined by Pine Lake Prep player Caroline Johnson for scheduled two rounds totaling 36 holes of play in the state championship finals slated to tee off as early as Monday morning.
The duo of Devils Martin and Bornkamp will be part of the NCHSAA’s 4A class finals field.
In the case of Pine Lake’s Johnson, she will be the lone member of her Pride pack to be included in the NCHSAA’s combination 1A/2A class title crowd.
Play in each of the two separate competitions will begin Monday and continue to take place through Tuesday.
To get to this particular point, all three had to fashion solid enough scorecards within their respective regional affairs to secure state finals bids.
Among the teams competing in the state’s 4A class West Regional held on the Oak Valley Golf Club course in Advance, Mooresville nearly nabbed one of the limited number of team invites to the state finals before fashioning an overall fourth-place finish in the final stroke standings. All members of each of the top three finishing teams in the regional all earned a state finals nod.
Individually, both Martin and Bornkamp booked passage based on their respective round scores. Martin posted a score of 74 to cement her solo berth, while Bornkamp logged in with a round of 83 that also easily earned her a solo shot.
In addition to the members of all three teams, the top 17 individuals not on any of those rosters also received a state championship bid.
At the combo 1A/2A Central Regional conducted at the Sapona Country Club course in Lexington, Pine Lake’s Johnson parlayed her round of 84 into also meriting the receiving of one of the finals invites extended to individuals not one any of the automatically-advancing teams.
Mooresville’s Martin and Bornkamp will be teeing off in the state 4A class finals taking place at Pinehurst No. 5 course Monday and Tuesday.
Pine Lake’s Johnson will be in the mix during the 1A/2A golf finals slated at Longleaf Golf & Family Club course during those same two days.
All entries are allowed to conduct practice rounds on the host sites through Sunday.
Play in the respective two-day and 36-hole state finals will be used to bring the NCHSAA’s girls golf season to a close.