SWAC girls’ golf

Athens Drive freshman golfer Emilia Migliaccio ties NCHSAA record with a 29

mblake@newsobserver.comSeptember 17, 2013 

— The Lochmere Golf Club was host to history on Tuesday, as Athens Drive freshman Emilia Migliaccio shot a 29 in nine holes in a Southwest Wake Athletic Conference match.

That ties the N.C. High School Athletic Association state record.

Holly Springs’ Leigha Holt shot 33, which ranks among the top 10 scores in NCHSAA girls’ golf history.

It’s the first time two players have shot 33 or under in the same regular-season match, according to the NCHSAA’s nine-hole records.

“I guess we were all having a good day,” Holt said. “We had a good tempo and rhythm going, and that helped a lot too.”

Green Hope’s Amanda Yannoni, also in the group, shot a 38, which was good for fifth on the day.

Holt and Migliaccio each shot personal bests.

“None of us got in trouble. All of our balls were all around the same place and it sped us up a little bit,” Holt said. “We each got better from each other.”

Athens Drive girls’ golf coach Dave Snyder watched Migliaccio take a putt from about 25 feet away, but he couldn’t see the hole from where he was staying. After watching it roll on and on, he thought she may have put it past the hole.

Instead, it dropped right in.

“It just kept going,” Snyder said. “And all of a sudden – poof! Gone.”

Migliaccio leads the SWAC in the individual standings.

“I had a really good start,” said Migliaccio, who eagled her second hole. “I actually missed two or three putts, but I just found the right line and putted in it.

“I didn’t even know I shot a 29 until after I added everything up.”

Migliaccio’s goal is to win the state title. She said she’s thoroughly enjoyed her first year of high school golf and the team aspect that doesn’t exist in youth golf tournaments.

“I love high school golf so far. I love all of my teammates and my coach,” she said. “I’ve just always had a good time. There’s just never been anything wrong with it.”

Green Hope leads team scores

The SWAC has been back and forth with Holly Springs and Green Hope this year. With a Green Hope victory Tuesday, the Falcons moved back ahead of the Golden Hawks.

Green Hope shot a 110, Athens Drive a 116 and Holly Springs a 117.

“I like the competition,” Green Hope coach Donna Lerner said. “There is nothing worse than winning when everyone doesn’t play well. It only matters when everyone puts the best on the table.”

The Falcons were led by Selena Turner’s 35. Turner usually has the fifth-lowest score on her team, but Lerner’s team has depth that goes beyond the maximum five players allowed per conference match.

“People think it’s a good problem to have. It’s a challenging problem to have,” Lerner said. “What happens is you break a heart now and then because you leave a kid behind who shot 40. On almost any other team they would play No. 1. On my team they stay home.”

There are three SWAC matches left in the regular season. The conference tournament will be at Lochmere.

Blake: 919-460-2606; Twitter: @JMBpreps

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