North Buncombe junior Callista Rice became a first-time 3-A Western Regional golf champion on Monday afternoon in Monroe.
Rice’s score of 71 was one shot better than Hickory’s Anna McDonald (72). Rice is a former two-time Citizen-Times All-WNC Girls Golfer of the Year and her previous-best finish in the regional tournament was a runner-up showing as a freshman in 2013.
Four other golfers were in the top-10 on Monday at Monroe Country Club – East Henderson’s Ashley Cauthen (fifth place, 83), North Henderson’s Megan Burgess (sixth place, 85) and Asheville High’s Anna Tsiros (seventh, 87) and Enka’s Kaitlinn Stewart (ninth, 90).
Meanwhile, the Hendersonville girls (283) beat out Avery County (288) for the 1-A/2-A Western Regional championship at Etowah Valley Country Club.
Emma Reid and Juliet Townsend both shot 90 for the Bearcats, good enough for a third-place tie, individually. Avery County’s Paige Church (fourth place, 93) was three shots back. Murphy’s Elllie Martin (fifth place, 94), Devyn Plyer (seventh, 97), Bridgette Smith (eighth, 98) and Brevard’s Meredith Barton (10th, 102) all placed in the top-10 as well.
Finally, Roberson’s Maya White tied for seventh (81) at the 4-A Western Regional held at Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville.
The NCHSAA golf tournaments are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at three different courses in the Pinehurst area.
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