Golfer Sakai has breakthrough round

Published 8:41 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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Emerson Vanzant added to her terrific senior season when Davie’s golf team played at Salem Glen on Sept. 12. She shot 2-over 38 to finish fourth out of 33 players.

It was the third time she’s shot 2-over or better in six tries.

The day also saw a breakthrough for Kate Sakai, who finished 10th with a 48 after carding 50-plus in her first four rounds. It was the No. 2 score in Sakai’s two-year Davie career, one stroke behind the 47 she recorded at Bermuda Run West last October. When the sophomore works out the kinks, she’s going to be solid.

“It was really cool to watch,” coach Bob Donley said. “Kate’s confidence is beginning to grow a little each match.”

While West Forsyth (even 108) and Reagan (114) led the way, Davie (38-over 146) turned in its best score of the year. The other team scores: Mt. Tabor 173, Reynolds 169, East Forsyth 206, Parkland 196, Glenn 200.


Davie did not fare as well the next day at Maple Chase. Vanzant shot 7-over 43 to finish sixth overall and Sakai had 50, although she did sink an 18-foot putt to birdie a par-4.

Davie was third for the fourth time in four conference meets. The scores: Reagan 1-under 107, West 122, Davie 151, Tabor 159, Reynolds 168, East 190, Parkland 196, Glenn 207.

“The scores were up for this match, with only four golfers under 40,” Donley said. “The primary reason was how fast these greens were. We played at Salem Glen on Monday and the greens were still healing from behind punched, so they were pretty slow. It was a difficult adjustment for everyone except Reagan, who plays this course every day.”