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by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — The Heritage High School women’s golf team, behind the play of Rhea Bhatia and Kendra Dalton, won its second Cap 8 Conference match this season.
Bhatia and Dalton fired matching scores of 38 on the nine holes, played Monday at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.
Heritage finished ahead of Wake Forest, Wakefield, Enloe, Broughton, Millbrook, Leesville Road and Sanderson.
Hannah Whitt shot a 45 for Heritage while teammate Kallie Faulkner ended the day with a 47.
“Rhea had a great score going before she double bogeyed the last hole,” said Heritage coach Ronnie Reitz. “She still plays very consistently.”
“Kendra shot a 40 in the first match but rebounded this time around,” Reitz added.
Reitz said he was also happy with the play of Whitt and Faulkner.
“Hannah’s score was counted into the team total that helped us finish first,” he said. “Kallie also did a great job for her first time playing in a Cap 8 match.”
Reitz added that his defending Cap 8 champion team can score better and several teams will be pushing them hard this season.
“We must post good scores because Wake Forest, Wakefield and Enloe could slip in and take the lead in the conference,” he said.
“The girls continue to practice hard at every practice and they know they want to stay at the top and make it as a team into the regional and of course repeat as conference champions,” Reitz said.
Savannah Gowarty of Sanderson High School was the low medalist with a score of 36.
Wake Forest’s Amanda Levy had another good showing and finished the round with a 37.
“I’ve been working with a new swing coach on trying to compress the ball more, and practicing lots on my short game,” Levy said.
Levy bogeyed the first hole because of a three putt.
“I made sure not to let that get in my head especially since it was only the first hole,” Levy said. “My goal at that point was to then make a birdie as soon as possible and sink the putt.”
Levy was hitting the driver effectively all day but had one drive that did not go where she wanted it to go. “That set me up for a bogey,” she said. “I am proud of my game and there are a few shots that I’m working on now.”
The Cougar’s Samantha Bennett closed out the nine holes with a 39 while Mary Kate Connelly shot her best round in Cap 8 matches of 46. Madie Fingers had a 49 for Wake Forest.
“The girls are playing really good golf and continue to get better each week,” said Wake Forest coach Kevin Lynch.
Wakefield was paced by Casey Burroughs’ score of 41, which was four shots higher than her first match at Heritage Golf Club.
Shreeya Singh and Cara O’Malley both finished with a 45.
“Casey missed several short putts that could have posted her a lower score,” said Wakefield coach Carolyn Reitz.
“Shreeya said she missed too many putts from five feet and between now and our next match, she will be focusing on making this a main part of her practice,” Carolyn Reitz added.
Carolyn Reitz said O’Malley was pleased with the way she hit the ball and was not too disappointed with her score.
“She said she needs to take off strokes in order to keep her tam near the top of the Cap 8 standings,” Carolyn Reitz said.
Johanna Adamo shot a 53 and Carolyn Reitz said she hit the ball better than she scored.
“With her positive attitude, her future scoring will show lower scores,” Carolyn Reitz said.
“As a team, we are all hoping to shoot lower in our next match,” Carolyn Reitz added.
The next Cap 8 match is Tuesday, September 17 at the Wakefield TPC with tee times starting at 3:30 pm.