Led by senior Lauren Stephenson’s five-under 67 in the second round, the Lexington Wildcats claimed their third consecutive Class 4A girls golf championship at Wescott Plantation in Summerville.
“It was certainly fun to watch them finish off a great season and get another title,” coach Brandon Smith said.
The Wildcats, who held 20-stroke lead over Spartanburg after Monday’s first round, shot 303 in the second round to finish at 589. Spartanburg came in second at 616.
The Vikings were missing their No. 5 golfer, who fell ill after the first round.
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“After the first round, we had some margin for error, and we didn’t play as well today as we did on Monday. The girls knew they had some room, if they had a bogey or something,” Smith said.
Even with the wiggle room, the Wildcats went out determined. Stephenson got things started, sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole on the way to an unheard of five-under par 27 on the front nine. Stephenson was the tournament’s medalist with a 36-hole score of 133.
“She came focused and determined. That really got the girls going,” the coach said.
With this year’s title, the Wildcats have won 10 championships in 11 years. After this title, Lexington says goodbye to Stephenson and fellow senior Ann Elizabeth Gore but will return four of its top six golfers.
“This one was harder to win than the last one, and it’s just going to keep getting harder,” Smith said. “I’m giving our girls about a week off, and then I expect them to be back to work, because it’s only going to be harder next season.”
“The target is clearly on our backs. Teams know that we’re losing Lauren and Ann Elizabeth, they think the door is open, and they’re going to come in after us,” he said.