Kara Carter, a rising sophomore at Sullivan South, turned in a 1-under-par 215 to finish second to runaway winner Ashley Gilliam on Thursday in the 55th Tennessee Girls Junior Amateur at Old Fort Golf Club.
Gilliam, a native of Manchester who is bound for a collegiate golf career at Mississippi State, won her second consecutive state junior title by finishing 15 under par following a 6-under 66 closing round. She broke the tournament records for lowest final-round score and lowest final 36 holes (134) and tied the marks for lowest overall round and lowest overall round under par.
Carter posted rounds of 74-69-72 to finish one shot better than McKinley Cunningham of Clarksville.
Dobyns-Bennett’s Isabella van der Biest made the top 10, recording an eighth-place finish after rounds of 76-74-79.
55th TENNESSEE GIRLS JUNIOR AMATEUR
Ashley Gilliam 67-68-66—201 -15
Kara Carter 74-69-72—215 -1
McKinley Cunningham 71-70-75—216 E
Angelina Chan 74-73-73—220 +4
Rheagan Hall 79-73–73—225 +9
Kendall Maynard 80-69-77—226 +10
Shelly Jang 77-72-77—226 +10
Isabella van der Biest 76-74-79—229 +13
Hannah Call 74-77-79—230 +14
Jenny Nolan 82-68-81—231 +15