Sloup finishes third at state in golf

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Staff Report

SOUTHERN PINES— Tara Simmons of Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville won her second consecutive individual state title on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 3A women’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
Simmons was one shot back entering the final day of play, but her consistent 77-77—154 under difficult playing conditions gave her the title by four shots.
Chandler Danielson of West Henderson was second with a 158 total.
First-day leader Ashley Sloup, a South Brunswick junior, shot an 83 in the final round and finished at 159.
The championship layout was a par-71 and 5,770 yards.
Ledford, the defending 3-A team champion, made it two in a row with a 251 team total on Tuesday for a 506, 12 shots ahead of the field.
Ledford had opened a nine-shot lead after the first day. West Henderson was second with a 518 total and then Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons was well back in third at 539.
South finished sixth at 558. South’s other golfers were freshman Jordan Saunders (99-100—199) and sophomore Janzen Jones (104-96—200).
The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a total of 12 teams and 78 golfers are competing in the event, the 10th year that the sport has been classified. It was the second time that three separate championships have been held and the 32nd year for state championship competition in the sport.
Sloup’s finish ended a remarkable two-sport season. She finished second in the conference championship race. In the Class 3A regional cross country race, which took place two days before the start of the first round of the state golf tourney, Sloup finished the 3.1-mile race 21st in 22 minutes, 3 seconds.
In golf, Sloup shot a 6-over-par 78 and won the Waccamaw Conference championship golf tournament Oct. 15 at the Members Course of St. James Plantation.
Sloup shot 40-38 playing from the green tees (5,346 yards) on the Irwin Course. She had five pars on the front nine. Of her four bogies, two were on the par 5s (508 yards on opening hole and 479 on the sixth hole).
On her 2-over par back nine, after making a bogey on the 384-yard par-4 11th, Sloup made a birdie on the 124-yard par-3 12th hole. She made a double bogey on the 411-yard par-5 15th and a bogey on the 285-yard par-4 17th, but she finished her round by making a birdie on the 413-yard par-5 18th.
Sloup also had a memorable summer golfing.
First, during TFTBC’s summer tour series event on July 23, she shot a women’s course record 69 on the Azalea and Magnolia nines of the Brunswick Plantation Golf Course. Then on July 30, while attending The First Tee Life Skill and Leadership Academy, she scored her first hole-in-one. She used a 5-iron to ace the par-3, 147-yard fifth hole at the Village Club of Sands Point in Long Island, N.Y.
Cameryn Smith 24th at state
West sophomore Cameryn Smith shot 90-90—180 and tied for 24th in the state tournament. She averaged a 44 for nine holes during conference matches. She finished second in seven of eight conference matches and in the conference championship. She placed fourth overall in the Class 3A East Regional championships.