Apex Friendship, with no senior class and in just its second year of existence, is closing in on the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference girls golf title. Friendship leads Athens Drive 68-62.5 with only the conference tournament still to play.
The Patriots have won four matches this year, but just as important, haven’t finished lower than second. Athens Drive has won four matches with two second-place finishes but has also finished fifth and tied for fourth.
The 18-hole tournament at The Neuse in Clayton counts as two nine-hole matches. Athens Drive would need to finish three spots higher than Friendship to snatch away the title.
Friendship is led by Caroline Duggan (41.0 nine-hole stroke average), Cassidy Vaughn (43.9) and Elizabeth Tart (48.4).
Athens Drive’s two-time defending 4A champion Jennifer Chang leads the conference a 34.9 stroke average. She missed the match where the Jaguars finished tied for fourth. Teammate Kayla Parsons (40.7) missed the match where Athens finished fifth.
Holly Springs’ Natalie Petersen (36.0) is second in the player of the year race with Panther Creek’s Jenna Nagy (38.4) in third.
1. Apex Friendship 68
2. Athens Drive 62.5
3. Panther Creek 55.5
4. Holly Springs 47
5. Middle Creek 42.5
6. Green Hope 36.5
7. Apex 22
8. Cary 15
9. Fuquay-Varina 11