Lexington’s girls golf team had a strong showing at the Antigua National High School Golf Invitational tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was the Wildcats first taste of competition outside of South Carolina.
The Wildcats, who have won eight of the last nine Class 4A state championships, finished in third place behind Arizona powerhouse Xavier and Diamond Bar from California.
Xavier claimed its first Antigua Invitational title with a two-day, 36-hole total of 597 stokes at the par-72 McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 19 strokes ahead of runner-up Diamond Bar.
Lexington finish at 623.
Lauren Stephenson led the Wildcats with a 146, good for fourth place individually. Stephenson had a rough start on Friday with a 4-over 76 but bounced back with a two-under 70 on Saturday. She shared low-round honors with medallist Emily Mahar of Xavier who finished with a 142 tournament score, one shot in front of Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar.
Sydney Legacy also cracked the Top 10 with a 150 – good for a fifth place tie with Xavier’s Hannah O’Sullivan.
Ann Elizabeth Gore (164) and Gracyn Burgess (168) round out the Lexington scoring.