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Round-by-round improvement rewarded Sarah Bunn, a rising senior at Hunt High, with the desired result in Wednesday’s final round of the 40th annual Larry Pittman Memorial/Wilson County Junior Golf Championship at Willow Springs Country Club.
Bunn, who has participated in the county championship since age 6, repeated as the girls overall champion in dominating the Ages 15-18 category again.
The 17-year-old fashioned rounds of 98-85-82 for a 262 total and a whopping victory margin of 71 shots. Hunt teammates Connor Worley and Gracie Taylor finished second and third, respectively, at 333 and 353.
Bunn admitted she expected to repeat as the overall champion and noted her goal was: “Just play and not let bad shots get in my way. I thought I played pretty good; the first day could have been better.”
Joining Bunn as champions were Lanie Jinks in 13-14, Brooklyn Scott in 9-10 and Camiryn Jackson in 8-Under. Bunn notched her seventh age-group title, while Jinks was a county winner for a fifth time. Bree Council was unopposed in the Ages 11-12 division.
Bunn, the 2017 3-A Big East Conference individual runner-up, hinted she would have been pleased with a final round of 80 over the par 36-35—71 Willow Springs layout on an afternoon when few complaints surfaced about the conditions despite heavy rainfall Tuesday afternoon and night.
“I hit the ball really well, solid,” Bunn reviewed. “I was placing the ball pretty much where I wanted and I was putting pretty good. But it can always be better.”
Bunn pledges to return for her final year of eligibility in 2019.
Jinks, in 13-14, struggled and sputtered, but reigned by five shots against strong-finishing Allison Boykin. Jinks, a rising eighth-grader at Toisnot Middle, posted rounds of 54-58-57—169, while Boykin carded a 64-57-53-174. Madison Butts, who started the final nine holes as the runner-up, settled for third at 63-55-60—178.
“Definitely not my best,” the 13-year-old Jinks assessed. “But I stuck with it and didn’t get an attitude.”
COUNCIL INTO GOLF
Council fashioned nine-hole rounds of 52-48-49—149.
The 12-year-old recently fired a 36 at Zebulon Country Club in an Eastern North Carolina Junior Golf League match, but explained she was unable to approach that number because the “tees were farther back” on layouts in the county championship.
Council, who insists she’s “into golf all the way,” pointed out “I was trying to beat the girls in 13-14 — and I did that!”
Scott impressed in 9-10 with five-hole rounds of 30-31-28—89, outdistancing Katherine Joyner at 36-38-34—108.
Understandably excited about her first county championship, Scott commented: “I really liked meeting and playing with new people, but I enjoyed most whacking (the golf ball) as hard as I could.”
Scott and Joyner each responded with nifty approach shots on their final layout, the par-3, No. 5. Both landed the chips within three feet of the flag and Scott came away with a par.
Jackson, in 8-Under, drew “oohs” and “aahs” on a daily basis. She impressively pounded her driver but insists she needs a new one.
Jackson shot 24-24-27—75 to dominate by 30 shots for 15 holes at three different courses. Kensley Hill scrambled into second at 37-38-30—105, while Loulie Harrison wound up third at 39-37-38—114.