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Carter leads Sullivan South to Big 11 Conference championship

JEFF BIRCHFIELD • Sep 25, 2019 at 7:06 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Individual medalist Kara Carter put up a strong round of 74 and teammate Kirstyn Moore came through with an 84 to lead Sullivan South to the Big 11 Conference girls championship Wednesday at Elizabethton Golf Course.

Carter started off her round with a birdie and added another on her next-to-last hole to finish 2-over and one stroke ahead of Dobyns-Bennett’s Isabella van der Biest. Carter would have been even lower if not for three-putting on her final hole. It was about the only negative on a picture perfect day for her and the Lady Rebels, who won 158-164 over runner-up Tennessee High in the team standings.

“The greens were soft so I was able to get the ball up close to the pin,” said Carter. “I just went out there and tried to make putts. I just tried to hit fairways and then hit greens. There were a couple of putts that got me, but other than that, it was a pretty solid round.”

Moore came through with an 84 for the team score. Erin Musick shot a 90 and Arabella Laughlin finished with a 109, which didn’t count toward the team total. The Lady Rebels finished runner-up to Tennessee High in the season-opening Mike Mills Invitational in Morristown but have gone unbeaten since.

“It was a beautiful day and thankfully that rolled over into the golf, South head coach John Wooten said. “Obviously, Kara playing 74, she went low round on the girls side, and she even left a couple of shots out there. I was talking to Kirstyn and asked how she did. She said, ‘I think I did alright.’ When she totaled it up, she had an 84 and that got us in there on the team total. I watched some of her shots, and she’s swinging it well right now.

“I encouraged our girls at the end of the season not to worry about anybody else, just go do your thing. They have started to play some of their best golf of the year.”

Dobyns-Bennett’s van der Biest chipped in the final hole for a birdie to post a 3-over 75. The University of Alabama commit put herself in position for a lower score but struggled on Elizabethton’s tough greens.

“I was hitting a lot of greens and missing a lot of putts,” van der Biest said. “It was a very tough course, and pin positions were hard today. The greens were tough to read, and I couldn’t get my speed right at all. I got that chip-in on my last hole, and that made it a little better.”

The Lady Indians, which got a 99 from Erin Colhoun, finished tied for third with Daniel Boone, which had scores of 87 from both Mackenzie Miller and Jenna Branum. Dobyns-Bennett had scores of 103 by Natalie Seal and 105 by Samia Izallalen, which wasn’t included in the team total.

SCIENCE HILL WINS BOYS

Defending state champion Science Hill shot a 296 to win the boys’ title by 29 strokes over runner-up Dobyns-Bennett. Jackson Skeen finished 2-under 70 to earn individual medalist honors.

The Hilltoppers got a pair of 75s from Tarun Hoskere and Carter Counts with a 77 by Pujan Shah rounding out their score.

Zac Fletcher had a round of 78 and William Karst shot a 79 to lead the Indians, who finished 325-328 ahead of third-place Tennessee High. Taylor Kilgore had an 81 with Sam Barbour’s 87 rounding out the Indians’ scores. Luke Lett with an 88 and Ethan Lawson with a 98 also competed for D-B.

Tennessee High was led by Jack Tickle, who shot a 74 to finish second to Skeen individually.

The teams will now prepare for next Monday’s District 1 large schools championships to be held at Ridgefields Country Club.

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