Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Lady Panthers golf team wrapped up its season last weekend with a third-place finish in the Low Country Classic at the Plantation Course in Edisto Beach.
The Lady Panthers shot 676 to finish nine shots behind winner Lexington High School and two shots behind Spartanburg High School.
The Lady Panthers were led by junior Reona Hirai and senior Katelyn Dambaugh. Hirai shot 143, 3-over par, to capture medalist honors and a place on the All-tournament Team. Dambaugh shot 144 to finish one shot behind.
After opening with a 77 on Saturday Dambaugh turned in a sterling 3-under 67 on Sunday to challenge Hirai. The 67 is a new women's course record.
Also contributing to the Panthers efforts were Olivia Coyle and Michaela McAuley. Head coach Greg Baechtle was pleased with the results.
"This is the third tournament we have been in,” Baechtle said. “The first time we finished last; the next time we finished 10th so this is a great result. Conditions were really tough on Saturday but we finished the day only two shots out of the lead, unfortunately we weren't able to improve on that position on Sunday."
The coach said playing in such a stout field was a good experience for his team.
"There were some very good teams in this tournament, mostly large public schools so our result is pretty remarkable,” Baechtle said. “Clearly Reona and Katelyn are two of the top players in the state, but this was a great experience for our younger players. They had a chance to go up against some good competition. I think we learned a lot from this event that will benefit us in the future."