by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — The win streak continues for the Heritage High School girl’s golf team after a first place finish in Tuesday’s Cap 8 Conference round at Hedingham Golf Club in Raleigh.
The Huskies remain atop the league standings after winning their third consecutive match and with one match remaining on the schedule; it looks like they will defend their Cap 8 Conference championship title.
Tuesday’s match will be played at Hasentree Golf Club, the home course for the Wake Forest team.
“It’s getting close and some of the girls have gotten better as the season has progressed,” said Heritage coach Ronnie Reitz. “They are very competitive and have stayed focused this season.”
“They have given 100 percent and I am so proud of them,” Reitz added.
Heritage’s top two golfers, Rhea Bhatia and Kendra Dalton finished the afternoon with a 39 and 40, respectively.
Enloe’s Lily James was the low medalist with a score of 38.
The Eagles finished in second place followed by Wake Forest, Wakefield, Millbrook, Leesville Road, Broughton and Sanderson.
The Huskies Alex Karpuk had her lowest round of the season after firing a 48. Teammate Hannah Whitt ended the nine holes with a 50.
Wake Forest was led by Amanda Levy’s 41. Madie Fingers shot a 48 and Mary Kate Connelly finished with a 50.
Casey Burroughs was the leader for Wakefield and scored a 43. Also shooting in the 40’s were teammates Cara O’Malley, 48 and Shreeva Singh, 49.
In Heritage’s win at Wildwood Green Club on October 3, Dalton earned low medalist honors with a 36.
Bhatia also had a solid round of 37 and Whitt shot a 47.
“The whole team started out poorly,” Reitz said. “That seems to be our trend this season but after the first four holes, the girls start playing better."
Levy led Wake Forest with a 39.
The Cougars Samantha Bennett and Fingers shot a 43 and 47, respectively.
“The girls continue to get better each and every match,” said Wake Forest coach Kevin Lynch, “but they still want a first place.”
Wakefield’s top scorers were Burroughs’s with a 42 and Singh, 45 and O’Malley, 47.
“We seem to be stuck on posting team total scores from 132 to 135,” said Wakefield coach Carolyn Reitz. “We need to be closer to 127 to 130.”
“Casey led the team in scoring at Wildwood despite of having too many putts,” (Carolyn) Reitz added. “If she can get the stroke average lowered, she is really going to be a player to be reckoned with.”
Reitz added that Singh and O’Malley are both keeping the Wolverines in the Cap 8 competition.
“Hopefully they will both be able to lower their scores in the range of 40-43,” she said.
“I am so proud of Rachel Hulicki and Jaclyn Henshaw for their dedication to this game,” (Carolyn) Reitz added. “They both have improved so much and next year, the team will be a better overall scoring team.”