Cardinal Gibbons captured its first N.C. High School Athletic Association girls golf championship on Tuesday at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.
The Crusaders fired in a 473 over the two-day 3A tournament, well ahead of runner-up Marvin Ridge’s 491.
Gibbons led by 13 after the first day.
“We played consistently well,” Gibbons coach Greg Greksa said. “We built on the lead the second day.”
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Gibbons was led by freshman Riley Smyth, who finished third with a 149 total, nine shots behind champion Siranon “Muk” Shomee of Lee County (71-67 – 138).
“Riley really worked diligently on her game the last couple of months and kept improving,” Greksa said.
The best three scores counted in the team scoring. Freshman Hailey Freeman (158) finished ninth, and senior Caroline O’Neil (170) tied for 20th.
Greksa credited the team captains, O’Neil and senior Ellen Smith.
“They were great leaders,” Greksa said. “From a coaching perspective, the girls knew they were playing good golf and they could rely on that. If they had a bad hole, move on. If they had a good hole, build on it.”
Gibbons’ Hannah Rose Bruxvoort also finished in the top 30.
A sizzling five-under second day propelled Shoomee to a repeat, rallying past runner-up Gina Kim, a freshman from Chapel Hill.
Shoomee finished 6-under par for the tournament, while Kim was 1-under.
Lee County was fifth. Union Pines, led by Abby Parsons (T6, 10-over), finished seventh.