By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain’s Allison Macke finished 56th out of 77 golfers at the State 1-A/2-A Golf Tournament.
The tourney was held Oct. 28-29 at the Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines. It is a par 72, 5,215-yard course.
“Allison had a great year, and it was fitting for her to finish her season competing against the best in the state,” Coach Jason Melvin said. “This was a great experience for her, and I know that she has already set higher goals for next year.”
Macke shot 103 over the first 18 holes, but cut seven shots off that total for a 96 the second day.
“She didn’t have a great first day, but the way she responded and handled the adversity showed a lot of maturity,” Melvin said. “She cleaned up a lot of shots and managed her second round much better, finishing seven strokes lower than her first round.”
He said one of her best efforts was the third shot on a horseshoe par 5 where she sent a 175-yard shot around the bend to land on the green within 10-15 feet of the pin. Her putt for birdie came within 2 inches, and she tapped the ball in for par.
The coach said Macke made a perfect read on a 20-foot putt for par on the last hole of the first day.
“She hit some amazing shots and made some great putts through both days,” Melvin said. “I think her performance at regionals and state only made her hungrier for more, and she is going to be a top competitor come next season.”
Oak Grove won the team championship. Mountain Six Conference winner Hendersonville was fourth.
First Flight’s Katherine Schuster, who shot 145, was the individual winner.