High school golf

Lexington girls invited to prestigious tourney

ainelson@thestate.comJanuary 4, 2013 

It is an honor to be named among the contestants in the 2013 Antigua National High School Invitational, and the Lexington High girls golf team has earned it.

The Wildcats, who in October snagged their eighth Class 4A championship in nine seasons, are the first South Carolina squad to compete in the only national tournament for high school girls squads.

“We’re excited about getting the chance to see what some of the better teams in the country have to offer,” Lexington coach Brandon Smith said.

The Wildcats will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., in September to compete against a host of elite teams, with a field of more than 200 top high school golfers.

Smith was approached by the coach of Hamilton High, the host team, about attending the tournament. Hamilton’s girls won the tournament in 2010 and 2011.

“It’s an elite tournament with some very steep competition,” Smith said, noting teams such as Xavier Prep, a Catholic School in Arizona that has won 28 titles, and Punahao School, a 12-time Hawaiian high school championship squad.

“We’re excited to get the opportunity to go out and compete against that kind of competition.”

And the Wildcats should be in top form. They are losing one senior from the roster, and the foursome that shot-a two-day 607 at the state final will remain intact.

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