Three Sandhills Community College golfers have qualified for the NJCAA Women's Golf National Championship to be held at Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, Georgia on May 15-18.
Megan Thompson of SMC earned medalist honors after rounds of 80-85-165. She also earned All-Region X recognition along with teammates Shannon Heerey and Brooke Hutto, as well as Watson and Washburn of the Lady Flyers.
"I was thinking you can do this," the freshman by way of Smithfield Selma High School said afterward. "I just think I put too much pressure on myself trying to be perfect. That's not how you play golf. You have to relax."
"That was an excellent performance by Parker," Pike said. "She now knows she is capable of shooting in the seventies any time she goes out there."
"I hit it twice and it rolled back to me before I got it out," she said. "It was actually my fault because I could have asked for a drop. Then I chipped the ball in. I turned to everybody that was watching and said, 'well that's one way to make an eight'. You just have to laugh when things like that happen."
"Spartanburg played well," Pike said. "I don't think we could have beaten them, but I think we should have done better than we did. But these girls are all freshmen and it's the first time they've played in a regional championship.
"We have some time to get ready for the nationals. We'll practice at least four times a week and try to find a golf course here similar to Chateau Elan and play there as many times as we can."
"I think it's going to be a wonderful experience," she said. "I've never played four days straight, but I'm excited. I hear it's a wonderful golf course."
Team scores - 1.Spartanburg Methodist 333-348-681; 2. Sandhills CC 360-360-720.
Individual scores – 1. Thompson 80-85-165 (SMC), 2. Heerey (SMC) 81-85-166, 3. Watson (SCC) 85-82-167, 4. Washburn (SCC) 84-87-171, 5. Hutto (SMC) 89-85-174, 6. Paige Johnson (SMC) 83-93-176, 7. Hill (SCC) 88-89-177, 8. Anna Carole Cole (RB) 90-99-189, 9. Kenedi Byard (RB) 101-92-193, 10. Alexis Huffman (Surry) 93-105-198, 11. Tala Locklear (SCC) 103-102-205, 12. Savannah Porter (RB) 120-119-239.