Lexington took the first official step toward securing its ninth Class 4A girls golf state championship in 10 years yesterday at the Lower State qualifying tournament at The Golf Club at Westcott Plantation in North Charleston.
The Wildcats posted a winning score of 278 strokes, 28 strokes lower than runner-up Bluffton.
Senior Lauren Stephenson set a blistering pace with a 64, followed by teammates Hailey Cleary (71), Ann Elizabeth Gore (71) and Gracyn Burgess (72). Sydney Legacy, the defending individual state champion, shot 73 but her score did not factor into the team score.
White Knoll (333) and Dutch Fork (351) also made the state tournament cut. DFs Nicole Chin (71) and WKs Jensen Castle (74) finished in the top 10.
The 36-hole Class 4A state tournament in set for Oct 28-29 at Willow Creek GC in Greer.
New River Bluff High is serving as the host school for the Class 3A state tournament on the same days at Black Bear C in Longs.