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Exchange student Napat (Plern) Rattanaprakarn left a lasting final impression before leaving Wilson County and returning to Thailand this month.
At the outset of June, Rattanaprakarn, sensational last fall upon joining the Hunt High girls golf team, finished second in the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour’s Coastal Carolina Classic at Hackler Golf Course in Conway, South Carolina.
Rattanaprakarn, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year as a junior, shared the lead with Adrian Anderson of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, after the opening round with a 1-under-par 71 over the par-72, 5,721-yard Hackler layout.
She came back with a 75 the final round and her total of 2-over 146 left her four shots behind champion Anderson, who fired a 71-71—142.
Rattanaprakarn competed in the PKBGT’s Bell National, the tour’s top division for girls ages 12-19.
On June 11-14 at Wilson Country Club, Rattanaprakarn acquitted herself well in the North Carolina Junior Girls championship, placing seventh in qualifying for the 36-player field and reaching the match-play quarterfinals.
She carded a 74-38—112 for 27 holes of qualifying. Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills emerged the front-runner at 73-34—107.
Seeded No. 7 in match play, Rattanaprakarn turned back No. 26 Kayla Dowell of Mebane, 2 and 1, in the opening round. In the second round, she conquered No. 23 Lotte Fox of Raleigh, 4 and 3. Her advance ended in the quarterfinals by a 4 and 3 margin to No. 2 Maria Atwood of Holly Springs.
Schuster also seized the 2019 championship, defeating Atwood, 5 and 4.
Rattanaprakarn, a junior exchange student, led Hunt to the Big East championship and to a strong regional performance that qualified the Lady Warriors of head coach Jeff Boykin for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A championship. Hunt established numerous team records during the 2018 season and Rattanaprakarn repeatedly posted scores in the low 70s and was an upper-tier finisher in both the East Regional and the state tournament. Rattanaprakarn departs as the Big East record-holder for low individual round and single-season individual scoring average.
The team of Carol Owens and guest Sue McGuire of Willow Springs Country Club fashioned a 1-under-par 71 to capture low gross in this week’s Wedgewood Ladies Golf Association Member-Guest outing at Wedgewood Public Golf Course.
With Texas scramble the format, low net of a torrid 21-under 51 came out of the second flight and was posted by Cathy Causway and guest Deidre Testrake of Wilmar.
Joining Owens-McGuire as First Flight victors were Shirley Baker-Susan Baker of Willow Springs, low net (56); Harriett Bennett-Ginger Burke of Northgreen, second low gross (73); and Mary Ann Sutton-Linda Watson of Lane Tree, second low net (56).
Lucille Stolo partnered with Priscilla Brewer of Wilson Country Club to shoot low gross of 73 in the second flight. Pat Bass-Debby May of Belmont Lakes took second low gross of 75, while Causway-Testrake were trailed in the net category by Pat Capps-Sue Fautz of Willow Springs with a 55.
Claiming the closest-to-the-pin prizes for the closest tee shot on designated par-3 layouts were Owens on No. 5, Stolo on No. 7 and May on No. 10.
Hitting shots closest to the crooked line were Sutton on No. 9 and May on No. 17.
WILLOW SPRINGS SUPERBALL
The teams of Shirley Baker, Susan Baker, Lynne Cates and Dorothy High; along with Pat Capps, Cathy Causway, Mary Ann Sutton and Linda Watson notched flight low gross honors in last weekend’s Four-Lady Superball golf tournament at Willow Springs Country Club.
The Bakers’ quartet fired a 12-under-par 59 to rule the first flight. Second with a 61 was the squad of Carol Bryant, Sallie Kearns, Carol Owens and Mary Williams.
Sue McGuire, Nancy Oakley, Joyce Sealey and Debbie Webb teamed for a 53.6 to grab low net in the first flight. Second at 56.8 was the foursome of Harriett Bennett, Brenda Blackburn, Ginger Burke and Alma Hux.
Net scores were determined via each team being awarded 10% of its members’ combined handicaps.
Capps’ squad shot a 60 to win low gross in the second flight. Second with a 66 was the unit of Mary Ann Carver, Gerry Dunham, Becky Pearce and Dede TeStrake.
Compiling a 53.8 and taking low net was the team of Barbara Biddle, Penny Carroll, Debbie Keely and Melba Martin. Placing second at 58.1 was the quartet of Lois Edwards, Sue Fautz, Brenda Gilbert and Susan Hairfield. Jennifer Counterman teamed with Susan Counterman, Barbara Nuckols and Linda Vick for a third-place effort of 62.6.
Recognized during the lunch awards session were Sutton, longest drive from the orange tees; and Jennifer Counterman, longest drive from the red tees.
Hitting tee shots closest to the pin on par-3 layouts were Edwards at No. 5, Webb at No. 7, Nuckols at No. 10, Keely at No. 12 and High at No. 18.