Golf team represented at 1A/2A State Tournament

Nathan Ham Sports Writer

October 28, 2013

For only the second time in school history, Ashe County High School will have at least one golfer play in the state championship tournament.

Junior Olivia Barr and freshman Sarah Hardin performed well enough at the 1A/2A regional in Salisbury last week to qualify for the 1A/2A State Championship, scheduled to be held Monday and Tuesday at Longleaf Golf Club in Southern Pines.

“Ashe County High School women’s golf program has only sent one girl to this match before, so to be sending two golfers at once is a first for our golf program,” said Head Coach Laura Foster.

Previously, Chelsea Sexton was the only Ashe player to make it this far.

At the regional match last week, the top 26 golfers qualified for the championship match this week. Hardin finished with a 109, good enough for 12th place, and Barr finished four shots behind her teammate in 14th place.

“Olivia and Sarah have worked extremely hard this season. This is a great accomplishment. I am very very proud of them,” Coach Foster said.

A pair of Salisbury golfers grabbed the top two spots. Grace Yatawara shot a 72, four shots ahead of teammate Isabella Rusher.

Elkin’s Annika Winebarger and Mary Frances Hall finished third and fourth while East Surry’s Madison Moore was fifth.

18-hole rounds will be played on both days to determine the state champion.