CLARKESVILLE — Both the North Hall and White County girls teams came away with a championship on Tuesday at the Class 3A golf championships at Apple Mountain Golf Course.
The Lady Trojans won the individual battle as senior Mikayla Dubnik captured the individual title with a blistering two-day 4-under total 140, holding off the Lady Warriors’ senior Catie Craig, who shot a 1-over 145 to take second.
But White County won the team war, pulling away from North Hall on the second day for a 40-over 472 to win its first-ever golf title. North Hall finished second at 502, pulling away from third-place Pierce County (520) for the runner-up spot.
It was the second consecutive second place showing for North Hall, who also took runner-up status in 2019.
“These girls have played together and worked so hard since the eighth-grade. They deserve everything they have accomplished” White County coach Darrell Dorsey said. “We only beat North Hall by two strokes in the Area Tournament and I expected a similar tournament here. But our No. 2 (Erin Dorsey) and No. 3 (Rylee Adams) players both had personal-bests over the two days. That was the difference in getting some separation.”
Dorsey shot a personal-best 77 in Tuesday’s second round to finish at 19-over 163, good for eighth overall. Adams finished ninth with a 20-over 164 after a final round 81, which beat her previous personal-best 83 on Monday.
North Hall’s next best individual finish was by senior Lyric Sanford, who finished 15th with a 35-over 179.
As for the duel for the individual title, Dubnik fired a 3-under 69 to break a Day 1 tie with Craig and finished at 4-under 140. Craig struggled for a 2-over 74 on Tuesday but still finished second with a 145 to hold off Kyra Dube of Westminster (151).
With the championship, Dubnik now has titles in two states after winning a title in Alabama as a freshman.
“It was a close match with Catie both days,” Dubnik said. “It was very nerve-wracking at times. But I was able to calm down and make some shots.
“It feels great to win it. This has been my goal since I came back here. But it’s also pretty cool that we have two area teams to finish at the top.”
“I think it’s great for the area to have two teams at the top,” Dorsey said. “It was a good battle both days.”
COMMERCE TAKES RUNNER-UP SPOT AFTER SOLID FINISH
GREENSBORO — The Lady Tigers used a solid second round to claim the runner-up spot in Class A Public on Tuesday at The National Course at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro.
Commerce trailed Portal and Drew Charter but outshot each 10 and 14 strokes to climb over both in the team standings. The Lady Tigers finished with a 62-over 350 to hold off Portal (359) and Drew Charter (360).
Cameron Ford paced the Lady Tigers with a fourth-place finish at 24-over 168. Kristin Tash finished eighth for Commerce with 38-over 182.
LADY FALCONS COMPLETE TOP 5 FINISH
ATHENS — Flowery Branch could not climb the ladder in a tough Class 4A field finishing fifth after the final of the Class 4A championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The Lady Falcons started the day in fifth but host North Oconee maintained a big first day lead to win the title with a 494, 32 shots better than second place Marist (526).
Northwest Whitfield (531) and Columbus (549) were able to hold off Branch, who was able to hold off a charge by Heritage, Catoosa (591) down the stretch for a top five finish.
Emily Bergdoll lowered her first day score by six shots to close out the tournament as the Lady Falcons' top finisher in 14th with a 182.
In the Class 7A tournament Gainesville’s Karina Collins finished tied for 15th after shooting an 81 on Tuesday for a 168 total (24-over). She was 18th after the opening round and improved her positioning by three spots.
In the Class 6A tournament, Habersham Central finished eighth at 580, as the Lady Raiders improved their score by six strokes from the first round. Creekview won the title after firing a two-day total 480. Salah Anderson paced Habersham Central finishing 19th in the individual tournament after shooting a two-day total 180 (38-over).