Girls Golf: The State Championships

Neuse Charter’s Hammer grabs top 10 finish

cbest@newsobserver.comNovember 4, 2013 

Makenna Hammer

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— Makenna Hammer had a steady pair of rounds Monday and Tuesday in the NCHSAA 1A/2A state championships, and the Neuse Charter junior brought home a top-10 finish.

Hammer finished at 163 (21 over) and finished eighth in the 36-hole tournament held at Longleaf Golf and Country Club.

Hammer was the highest finishing Johnston County golfer in the three state championships contested this past week.

She posted a round of 79 on Monday with just 32 putts. Her opening round included a birdie after reaching the green in two shots on a par-5, 496-yard hole and closing stretch that included seven pars on her final nine holes.

That effort left her tied for fourth individually. She carded a round of 84 on Tuesday and struggled a bit to hole putts with 38 putts.

“Makenna put a lot of prep work into the tournament,” said Neuse Charter coach and athletic director Gail Browning. “She wasn’t happy with her final nine holes at the regional tournament. So she just tried to keep refocusing from hole to hole, playing everything one shot, one hole at a time and it paid off for her.”

Salisbury won the state 1A/2A title and Elkin’s Annika Winebarger was the individual state champion at 151.

Three Greater Neuse River 4A Conference golfers finished in the top 20 at the NCHSAA 4A state girls’ golf championships at Pinehurst No. 6 on Oct. 29.

West Johnston junior Monika Vidlickova led the way, earning a tie for 12th at 158 with back-to-back rounds of 79.

“Monika played her best golf in the biggest tournament of the year,” West coach Mike Jacobs said of the exchange student from Slovakia. “Monika is not the longest hitter, so she relied on her short game to save strokes. She is a creature of habit and goes through a meticulous routine before her round and when she is around the greens. Her determination and competitiveness helped get her through 36 difficult holes.”

Vidlickova’s state tournament run didn’t get off to a great start has her second shot of the tournament found the water. Jacobs said she struggled to hit greens in the first round but was “masterful” chipping around the greens and drilling numerous 5- to 10-foot putts for par.

The second round found Vidlickova 1 under par after six holes, but a few tough holes dropped her back before she finished with a string of pars.

Garner seniors and sisters Lauren and Nichole Ceyrolles also were in the top 20. Lauren Ceyrolles tied for 15th at 162, while Nichole Ceyrolles finished at 166 to take 20th.

Both Ceyrolles had their best scoring day in the final round with matching 79s.

Emilia Migliaccio, a freshman from Athens Drive, won the individual 4A title at 149. Charlotte Ardrey Kell won the team title ahead of Green Hope.

At the 3A state finals at Longleaf Golf and Country Club Smithfield-Selma sophomore Parker Watson tied for 31st in the state. Watson shot 89 in the first round for her low score of the tournament, finishing at 186.

Corinth Holders freshman Peyton Labonte tied for 42nd at 191.

Smithfield-Selma sophomore Haley Talton withdrew after the first round.

Lee County’s Siranon Shoomee won the individual title at 149, while Ledford was the team champion.

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