CLAYTON — Already a three-time defending Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls’ golf champion, Garner added a new aspect to its game this season: consistency.
The Trojans wrapped up their run of eight straight league match wins in driving rains and wind Thursday at Pine Hollow Golf Club to officially grab their fourth straight league championship. Garner finished at 133 for the nine-hole match on the par-35 front nine at Pine Hollow with sisters Nichole Ceyrolles and Lauren Ceyrolles carding matching 42s to share medalist honors.
It was Nichole Ceyrolles’ fifth time on top of the leaderboard in conference play. She captured the individual conference championship by nine strokes over West Johnston’s Monika Vidlickova, an exchange student from Hlohovec, Slovakia. Lauren Ceyrolles finished third.
“I just didn’t try to kill anything, just keep hitting it straight,” Ceyrolles said of playing in the heavy misting rain and wind. “You had to adjust. Everything was almost a club up.”
Clayton finished second on Thursday, a stroke ahead of West Johnston at 150. It was the first time this season West didn’t finish as the runner-up to Garner.
Maryanna Byrd and Katherine Dull paced Clayton with matching 48s. Vidlickova shot 43 for West Johnston.
Garner’s run of conference championships mirrors the tenure of the Ceyrolles triplets – Nichole, Lauren and Arianna – at the school.
“They’ve taken us from basically nothing in high school girls (golf) to being a team everybody knows, because of the triplets,” said Garner coach Connie Barnes. “They’ve improved every year and made a name for Garner. They’re all unique individually, but what they’ve done for Garner golf as a group is make a program.”
Garner will send five golfers to the regional competition, led by the conference champ. Nichole Ceyrolles is one of 11 golfers from the GNRC who will play in the regional qualifying tournament Oct. 21 at Wildwood Green. Joining her are Garner teammates Lauren Ceyrolles, Emily O’Neill, Tyler Whitley and Alexis Eaddy; West Johnston’s Monika Vidlickova, Preslee Honeycutt and Blair Koonce; and Clayton’s Olivia Hall and Byrd.
“We’ve been a very consistent team,” Barnes said. “Everybody’s been in the 30s and 40s for the entire season. To have five girls who can score in the 30s or 40s, we’re as proud of that as much as anything else.”
Knightdale’s Ivey Brooks shot 50 on Thursday, while Allyson Nowell of Rolesville posted a 57.
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