Three Greater Neuse River 4A Conference golfers finished in the top 20 at the NCHSAA 4A state girls golf championships at Pinehurst No. 6 on Oct. 29.
West Johnston junior Monika Vidlickova led the way, earning a tie for 12th at 158 with back-to-back rounds of 79.
“Monika played her best golf in the biggest tournament of the year,” said West coach Mike Jacobs of the exchange student from Slovakia. “Monika is not the longest hitter so she relied on her short game to save strokes. She is a creature of habit and goes through a meticulous routine before her round and when she is around the greens. Her determination and competitiveness helped get her through 36 difficult holes.”
Vidlickova’s state tournament run didn’t get off to a great start: Her second shot of the tournament found the water. Jacobs said she struggled to hit greens in the first round but was “masterful” chipping around the greens and drilling numerous 5- to 10-foot putts for par.
The second round found Vidlickova 1-under-par after six holes but a few tough holes dropped her back before she finished with a string of pars.
Garner seniors and sisters Lauren Ceyrolles and Nichole Ceyrolles also were in the top 20. Lauren Ceyrolles tied for 15th at 162, while Nichole Ceyrolles too 20th alone at 166.
Both Ceyrolles sisters had their best scoring day in the final round with matching 79s.
Emilia Migliaccio, a freshman from Athens Drive, won the individual 4A title at 149. Charlotte Ardrey Kell won the team title ahead of Green Hope.
At the 3A state finals at Longleaf Golf and Country Club Smithfield-Selma sophomore Parker Watson tied for 31st in the state. Watson shot 89 in the first round for her low score of the tournament, finishing at 186.
Corinth Holders freshman Peyton Labonte tied for 42nd at 191.
Smithfield-Selma sophomore Haley Talton withdrew after the first round.
Lee County’s Siranon Shoomee won the individual title at 149, while Ledford was the team champion.