PINEHURST — With golf season fast approaching for the state’s best 1A women’s team, its players are rounding into form.
Less than two weeks after she competed in the first Surry County Junior Golf Championships, Mount Airy rising sophomore Mattie Noonkester returned to the links on Friday to compete in the 21st annual Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) Parent-Child Championships. This tournament features a parent-child format in which any combination of a male and female parent (or step-parent) and child compete as a team against other teams. At least one member must be a resident of the Carolinas.
The tournament is modified alternate-shot, where both partners tee off, then pick the better of the two tee shots and alternate shots until the ball is holed. This year’s event was played at the par-72, 5,551-yard course at Legacy Golf Club in Pinehurst.
The players were divided into a handful of divisions based on the handicap of the golfers, and Mattie and her father Tadd finished in a tie for sixth in their amateur division, combining to shoot 7-over-par 79 for the day. They were in third place after 16 holes, but had a bogey and a double bogey on 17 and 18 and had to settle for sixth place.
The Noonkesters actually combined to make par on eight of the first nine holes, but had all sorts of trouble at the par-4 third hole, where they ended up with an 8. However, they parred out the rest of the front nine and then made birdie on the par-3 10th. Despite giving the stroke back on 12, they remained in contention until the final two holes.
Sean and Maci Beaver of Roanoke Rapids ended up playing their back nine in 2-under par and pulled away down the stretch to win with a team score of 70.
Another well-known area women’s golfer and her father competed in the other amateur bracket and also finished in a tie for sixth. Forbush High School’s Mallory Fobes and her father Ron combined to shoot 73 and ended up six strokes behind Madison and Jon Isaccson of Greensboro. The Fobes’ made birdie at 2 and 6 to make it to two-under through seven holes, and made the turn at one-under, but shot two-over 38 on the back nine and also settled for sixth overall.
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