Golfers compete in regionals

Published 12:42 pm Tuesday, October 31, 2023

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Davie golfers Kate Sakai and Sophia Garza competed in the 4-A Central Regional at Longleaf Golf Club in Southern Pines and had no reason to hang their heads when it was over.

The event was held Oct. 23.

“I was very proud of how they both dug deep and finished their last 3-4 holes playing some of their best golf of the day,” coach Bob Donley said.

Sakai, a junior who earned all-conference honors, shot a 25-over 97 to finish 50th out of 70 players. She recorded three pars and six bogeys to place eighth among Central Piedmont Conference players.

Garza, a senior, shot 103 to tie for 58th. She had one par and eight bogeys.

“(It was a good day) given that we do not play on crowned greens,” Donley said. “As fast as they are at Longleaf, both Kate and Sophia hit the ball really well from tee from green. The majority of their lost strokes come on the very fast greens with almost every pin on a crown.”

Players needed to shoot 86 or better to advance to the state.