WOODRUFF - Lexington was well aware that winning a sixth consecutive Class 4A state girls golf championship wouldn't be easy.
But there's no way the Wildcats could have imagined what they would have to endure to pull it off.
Lexington played through multiple delays and a driving rain to defeat Dorman by four strokes.
"We've actually played in two other tournaments this year where it rained really hard," Lexington coach Brandon Smith said, "so we talked about it, knew it was going to rain (Tuesday) and did not think that was going to be a disadvantage for us. We knew how to adapt to those conditions.
Especially Lexington senior Maureen Dunnagan. She was the individual champion with a 5-over 149, defeating Dorman's Morgan Webber by three shots.
"The past few years we've been really lucky with the weather in this tournament; it's been nice and warm, and last year we were actually all wearing shorts in late October," Dunnagan said. "But this year was definitely more satisfying because we definitely felt like we were the underdogs and there were a lot of good teams. We just weren't sure we could pull it off, but I'm really proud of how we hung in there as a team."
The other scorers for Lexington were: Kathryn Miranda 77-81-156; Lauren Stephenson 85-81-166; and Rachel Moore 81-88-189.
Girls 4A State Championship
At Three Pines Country Club, Woodruff
(Top 10 finishers earn all-state honors)
1. Maureen Dunnagan (Lexington) 149;
2. Morgan Webber (Dorman) 152;
3. Torey Johnson (Byrnes) and Kelsey Badmaev (Blythewood) 157;
5. Kathryn Miranda (Lexington) 158; 6. Amanda Hall (Fort Mill) 159;
7. Kaitlin Matheson (Wren) 160;
8. Taylor Pleier (Dorman) 161;
9. Maegen Higgins (Wren) 162;
10. Katy Funk (Spartanburg), Brittany Lowe (Dorman), Kristi Goodman (Easley) and Nicole Chin (Dutch Fork) 164
- Eric Boynton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal
At Conway, A.C. Flora put up a good fight, but it wasn't enough to topple Bluffton in the Class 3A championship at Quail Creek Golf Club at Coastal Carolina.
The Bobcats, the three-time defending Lower State champions, shot a two-day total of 632 to fend off the Falcons, who claimed second in a playoff with Strom Thurmond, by six strokes
"It's my senior year, and this is exactly what we wanted to do," said Kendra Collins, who, like fellow senior Heather Wiquist, has been on the team since its inception when they were eighth-graders in 2005. "We were hoping and thought we were very close. I'm so excited that we did it. I'm thrilled. I've never been so happy."
A.C. Flora's Collins Bradshaw shot 73-74-147 to finish fourth individually.
Team scores: 1, Bluffton 632; 2 (in playoff), A.C. Flora 638; 3, Strom Thurmond 638; 4, Riverside 653; 5, Hilton Head 658; 6, Wade Hampton 673; 7, Brookland-Cayce 701; 8, South Aiken 705; 9, Chapin 719; 10, Seneca 728; 11, Blue Ridge 733; 12, Daniel 739; 13, North Myrtle Beach 779.
Top 10 individuals: 1, McKenzie Talbert, Strom Thurmond, 68-71-139; 2, Austin Ernst, Seneca, 69-74-143; 3, Chelsey Couch, Ware Shoals, 72-73-145; 4, Collins Bradshaw, A.C. Flora, 73-74-147; T5, Leah Stephens, Riverside 74-77-151; Anne Marie Covar, Strom Thurmond, 78-78-151; 7, Sammie Buchanan, Bluffton, 78-74-152; 8, Kelli Cheri Murphy, Lugoff-Elgin, 77-76-153; T9, Kendra Collins, Bluffton, 77-77-154; Dallas Odom, Crescent, 79-75-154; Louise Oxner, Greenville, 76-78-154.
- Alan Blondin, The Myrtle Beach Sun and News