The season is young in Southwest Wake Athletic Conference girls golf, but it’s no less entertaining.
Holly Springs edged Green Hope with a 122 score to the Falcons’ 128 in a SWAC match Wednesday at N.C. State’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course, hosted by Cary High.
The Golden Hawks celebrated by dumping a bucket of ice water on coach Tamara Cole. Green Hope is the reigning 4A runnerup, three-time defending regular-season conference champion and two-time conference tournament winner.
“It’s a big deal to beat Green Hope,” said Holly Springs senior Abby Snidemiller. “They are a tough team with so many solid players. But we have some seniors this year, and we hope to step up and lead this team to some wins.”
Snidemiller led the Golden Hawks with a 3-over par 39 that tied her for third individually for the day. Holly Springs’ balance included sophomore Natalie Petersen’s 41, senior Courtney Norman’s 42 and senior Jordan Marshall’s 45. Snidemiller and Norman were first-team all-SWAC players a year ago.
Green Hope senior Amanda Yannoi led the Falcons with a 41 and senior Meghan Symonds, last year’ individual tournament runner-up, shot 42 on an off-day. Both were first-team SWAC picks as juniors. Symonds was the 4A individual state runnerup.
The match was only the second of the year due to rain postponements. Green Hope beat Holly Springs at Prestonwood.
But there has been a double-winner in individual play as Fuquay-Varina senior Catherine Ashworth repeated as medalist.
She is 5-under par through two tournaments with a 1-under-35 at Lonnie Poole following her 4-under 32 at Prestonwood.
“I’m so happy to be back with the team this year,” she said. “This is a great conference, but I think we have a chance to make a move in the conference, the regionals and state. It’s exciting.”
Ashworth is both a new and old name. She played for the Bengals as a freshman and sophomore before she took off her junior year to work on her game, which paid off with a commitment to East Carolina.
“She has her competitive game in a good place,” said Fuquay coach Chris Jones. “She has returned to high school golf with a good approach and confidence.”
Apex senior Maria Cassas was second with a 38 and Athens Drive freshman Jennifer Chang tied for third at 39.
“It’s still a strong field,” Cassas said. “Symonds is a strong player. And we knew about Catherine coming back and that Jennifer was on the way. ”
Chang was one of the first players to finish, and she was quick to lend a hand to the scorekeeping table when she saw it was short-handed.
“I’m having fun playing on the team,” said Chang, referring to the difference from junior golf. “I like the team aspect and would like to win (a title) for my school.”