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by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — Rhea Bhatia and Kendra Dalton of Heritage High shared low medalist honors during Tuesday’s Cap 8 Conference golf match.
Both girls shot a 35 on nine holes played at Wil-Mar Golf Course in Raleigh.
Heritage finished with a team score of 112, the best in the Cap 8 Conference in the past several seasons and remains first place in the league.
Savannah Gowarty of Sanderson and Enloe’s Lily James also ended the match with matching scores.
“This match turned out to be the best scoring match for many Cap 8 players,” said Wakefield coach Carolyn Reitz. “The course played several yards shorter than the other courses we have played this season.”
“Many players turned their best scoring rounds and this shook up the overall standings in the conference,” Reitz added.
Enloe came in second with a 127 followed by Wake Forest, Wakefield, Millbrook, Leesville Road, Broughton and Sanderson.
Wakefield’s Casey Burroughs fired a 39 to lead the Wolverines. Teammate Shreeya Singh finished with a 48.
“Overall the team was disappointed in their scoring for the team,” Reitz said. “We ended up posting higher scores than both Enloe and Wake Forest, two teams that we have previously outscored.”
“As a team, we now have to regroup and make a move in the remaining matches to finish as one of the top three teams within our conference,” Reitz added. “I have great faith in these girls and our team goals are still in sight.”
Samantha Bennett was the top golfer for Wake Forest, finishing the day with a 41 while the Cougars Madie Fingers completed the match with a 43.
Hannah Whitt and Rachel Swakopf of Heritage scored a 42 and 49, respectively.
“It was Rachel’s first match,” said Heritage coach Ronnie Reitz. “What a great start for her.”
The Huskies Kellie Faulkner closed the day with a 49.
“These are some strong scores for a team,” (Ronnie) Reitz said.
“But, I am not surprised,” he added. “These girls work on their game on days they do not have an official practice and this is why they are pushing to retain their Cap 8 Conference title for this season.”
The next match is Thursday, October 3 at Wildwood Green Golf Club.