Lady Panthers finish fourth in Lower State to advance

For the first time this season, the Carolina Forest girls golf team did not finish on top in a tournament or match.

Fortunately for the Lady Panthers, who entered Monday’s Class 4A Lower State golf tournament undefeated on the regular season, they didn’t have to win to reach their ultimate goal.

Carolina Forest finished fourth in the 16-team tournament on its home course, Myrtle Beach National, more than enough to advance to the Class 4A state tournament next week in Lexington.

The Lady Panthers fired a team total of 342, finishing behind winner Lexington (300), Bluffton (312) and South Aiken (320). The top eight teams move on the the state tourney, with Dutch Fork (346), Wando (369), Fort Dorchester (370) and Aiken (390) rounding out the list of qualifiers.

Carolina Forest’s Lia Farrar, the team’s lone senior, led the way with an 82 in near-perfect conditions on the par-72 South Creek layout. Teammates Samantha Schoener (86), Elizabeth Snyder-Mounts (86) and Sami Spencer (88) rounded out the 342 total. Jamie Karl shot the team’s top round of 81 but she was disqualified for taking an improper drop from a water hazard.

No worries since the team did enough to give all the Lady Panthers another chance to prove themselves on the statewide stage. They will compete for the Class 4A championship next Monday and Tuesday in Lexington looking to start a new winning streak.

State tournament host Lexington also returned home with medalist honors, with Sydney Legacy shooting a 4-under 68. She edged Taylor Dodson of South Aiken (69) for first place.

Conway had two individuals in the Lower State who failed to advance to the state tourney. Maggie Harper and Emily McClellen shot 105s as the lone Lady Tigers in the tournament.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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