FUQUAY-VARINA — Holly Springs has a one-point lead on Green Hope, but it was the two-time defending conference champs who won Tuesday’s Southwest Wake Athletic Conference match at Bentwinds Country Club in Fuquay-Varina.
Green Hope junior Meghan Symonds, who finished tied for third at the 4A state championships last year, led the way with medalist honors. Her score of 35 was the only one under-par.
“My ball-striking was probably the best today. I was just hitting it exactly where I wanted it to and I was letting myself play and not holding back,” Symonds said. “I really focused on my putting, because if your putting got out of control today it really added a lot of strokes. I focused on hitting it to the hole and focusing on perfect speed.”
Green Hope teammates Amanda Yannoni (39) and Reilly Thomas (42) rounded out the scoring. Symonds thought it was her best nine-hole score in her high school career, and it came at a good time.
Last year, the Falcons claimed at least a share of seven of eight conference matches, but the Golden Hawks claimed the first two SWAC matches this season.
“It really shows us that we have to fight for every stroke,” Symonds said.
Holly Springs, which narrowly missed qualifying as a team for last year’s 4A championships, has used returning players Leigha Holt and Courtney Normand to pair up with freshman Natalie Petersen for a low-scoring trio.
In high school golf, the best three scores are added together to get the team score. Petersen shot a 42 on Tuesday while Holt shot 41.
The Hawks had yet to win a conference match since moving from the Greater Neuse River Conference to the old Tri-9 in 2008.
“It’s exciting,” Holt said. “We’ve broken (school) records (in both wins). It’s an awesome change from being third to first, and we’re going to try to keep it up.”
Athens Drive freshman Emilia Migliaccio (MILL-ee-ah-cho) leads the SWAC with a 35.6 strokes-per-nine-hole average. She shot a 38 on Tuesday.
Green Hope’s 116 on the day edged Holly Springs’ 128, Apex’s 135 and Athens Drive’s 139. Panther Creek (141), Fuquay-Varina (152) and Middle Creek (155) followed in order. Cary, which has three players this year, only had two players available to play.
There are two new coaches in the league this year – Dave Snyder of Athens Drive and Mary Ewanich of Middle Creek. The conference schedule will shift to Devil’s Ridge Country Club in Holly Springs on Tuesday.
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