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Her final appearance in the Larry Pittman Memorial/Wilson County Junior Golf Championship met — perhaps surpassed — Sarah Bunn’s expectations.
Bunn, a recent Hunt High graduate who is aging out, wrapped up her third straight girls championship with her competitive career low round of 7-over-par 79 in Wednesday’s final round of the 41st Pittman Memorial at Wedgewood Public Golf Course.
With rounds of 91-80-79 for a 250 total, Bunn, who led Hunt to three successive North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A Big East Conference championships, not only captured her third straight ages 15-18 title but reigns as the girls medalist for the third consecutive year. She has competed in the county championship since age 6 and only twice did she not win an age-group championship.
“My final time, I just wanted to play three days of golf with my friends and shoot in the 70s,” Bunn revealed. “I accomplished both objectives.”
Along the way, Bunn kept her emotions in check.
“I’m happy and sad,” she said. “I’m sad it’s over, but I am happy with all the memories, all the friends I made and all the things I learned along the way.”
Bunn’s age group included Hunt High golf teammates Connor Worley, a rising junior; and Allison Boykin, a rising sophomore. With a 96 the final round, Worley held onto second place, edging Boykin by seven shots.
Bunn, three times the individual runner-up in the Big East Conference, assured her score was not an issue — until Wednesday’s final round, when she birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 16 in carding a 41-38—79
“Today, I worried about score,” Bunn admitted. “Score makes it better.”
Another county championship caps a year when the Lady Warriors claimed another conference championship and Bunn responded with arguably her best golf of her senior year in registering a top-20 NCHSAA 3-A championship finish.
“It’s been a good year,” she acknowledged with a smile.