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Pictured from right, Avery golfers Paige Church, Kristen Burleson and Nikki Wright braved
both stiff competition and the elements to compete at last week’s state golf championships
in Pinehurst. Pictured at left is teammate Alexis Usko, who cheered on her Lady Vikings
Photo courtesy George Wright

Originally published: 2012-11-08 11:41:23
Last modified: 2012-11-08 11:41:23

Lady Vikings golf finishes fourth in 1A standings at state golf tournament

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A trio of golfers represented Avery High School women’s golf at last week’s NCHSAA 1A/2A state golf championships at Foxfire Country Club near Pinehurst. Due to a strong two-day performance, AHS finished fourth at states, shooting a team score of 607.

AHS freshman Paige Church shot the low score at the championships for the Big Red, firing a 96+91=187 to finish ninth place overall out of 29 golfers in 1A competition and 22nd overall out of the entire 1A/2A field. Senior teammate Kristen Burleson finished 37th overall and 18th in 1A competition with a score of 99+101=200. Fellow senior Nikki Wright completed the two-round championships with a 116+104=220 to help the Lady Vikings finish ninth overall out of all 1A/2A teams playing the two-day event.

Hendersonville captured the 1A top team honors with a score of 550, while 2A Salisbury won the tournament’s overall team championship, as Hornets golfers carded two of the top three individual scores en route to a final team score of 490. Salisbury’s Isabella Rusher fired a 75+71=146 to win individual medalist honors.