by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — The Heritage High School girl’s golf team’s goal at the beginning of the season was to defend their 2012 Cap 8 conference championship.
In Tuesday’s final regular season match played at Hasentree Golf Club in Wake Forest, the Huskies did just that.
Heritage totaled 125 strokes to win their sixth conference match this season and claim their second consecutive league title in just four years as a program.
Junior Rhea Bhatia of Heritage was named the Cap 8 Conference Player of the Year, a title she earned in 2012. She averaged 38.29 rounds this season and ended the day with a 40.
Teammate Kendra Dalton, a senior, earned low medalist honors after shooting a 38.
Both Bhatia and Dalton earned Cap 8 All-Conference Honors and will play in the 4A East Regionals next week along with teammate Hannah Whitt.
Amanda Levy and Samantha Bennett, also named to the All-Conference team, were the top golfers for Wake Forest and both shot a 39. They will compete in the Eastern Regionals along with teammate Madie Fingers.
The Cougars finished in second place at Hasentree and in the final conference standings.
“I am so proud of all the girls for their hard work and commitment that they showed each and every practice and match,” said Wake Forest coach Kevin Lynch.
“My first year as the Wake Forest women’s coach was Amanda’s freshman year,” Lynch added. “I will never forget the first time I saw her hit a tee shot at the Heritage range. I was amazed and I have been amazed every year that I got to watch her play.”
Wakefield was paced by Casey Burroughs and Shreeya Singh. Both golfers ended the day with a 49 and the Wolverines finished the round and the regular season in fourth place, just behind Enloe.
Burroughs, Singh and Cara O’Malley led the Wolverines in scoring this season and all three earned All-Conference honors and they will play in the Regionals too.
“These girls set goals for themselves this season and their effort paid off for them,” said Wakefield coach Carolyn Reitz.
Reitz also complemented senior Johanna Adamo.
“She worked on her game all season and during the past summer,”Reitz said. “Her scores were strong scores backing Casey, Cara and Shreeya. She has improved and her positive attitude meant so much to the team.”
Newcomers to Wakefield, Jaclyn Henshaw and Rachel Hulicki also improved their scoring and overall knowledge of golf, said Reitz.
“Each week, they got better and their scores reflected their strong progress,” she said. “They both are going to continue to play golf throughout the off season and next year will most likely step in to help make Wakefield’s team even stronger than this year’s.”
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A East Regional will be played on Monday, October 21 at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh.
High school golfers from more than 20 teams in the eastern part of North Carolina will be competing in the tournament.