4A girls golf champ Emilia Migliaccio will not play sophomore season

08/08/2014 3:33 PM

08/08/2014 3:34 PM

Athens Drive girls golfer Emilia Migliaccio will not be a repeat state champion after all.

“She is going to focus on junior tournaments instead” of playing high school golf, Athens Drive coach Dave Snyder said in an email Tuesday.

As a freshman in 2013, there wasn’t much else Migliaccio could have accomplished.

She won the 4A N.C. High School Athletic Association state title, the 4A East regional title and the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference tournament title. She was the SWAC player of the year and was also The News & Observer’s 2013-14 girls golfer of the year.

She shot a 29 in a regular-season nine-hole conference match, which set a new NCHSAA state record.

After winning the SWAC title last year, Migliaccio said she was enjoying playing high school golf for the first time.

“I really enjoyed representing my school,” Migliaccio said. “People asked me how I played in tournaments. I played with different girls and made a lot of new friends.”

She’s ranked No. 2 in the state among all youth golfers by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association.

Athens Drive has had three state champions in recent years: Katherine Perry (2009), Sarah Bae (2012) and Migliaccio (2013).

Freshman Jennifer Chang will play for the Jags this year. She is ranked No. 6 in the state.

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