Local Roundup: Fairmont’s Parker slides at state golf tourney

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LUMBERTON — Fairmont’s Zach Parker struggled en route to posting a 12-over-par 84 in the first round of the NCHSAA 2-A state golf championship on Monday at Beacon Ridge.

Parker, who sits in a tie for 36th, is 11 shots off leader Justin Emmons of Providence Grove.

A senior for the Golden Tornadoes, Parker finished with three double bogeys, including back-to-back double bogeys to make the turn at 7 over. He continued to slide on the back nine, carding three more bogeys on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 before rolling in one of his two birdies of the round at the par-5 13th.

Parker will look to improve his position during Tuesday’s final round.

UNCP’s Thompson in tie for 27th at NCAA Tourney

ELGIN, S.C. – On a breezy day in central South Carolina, UNC Pembroke senior Ashlii Thompson turned in an 8-over 80 to sit in a 12-way tie for 27th after the opening round of the NCAA South Super Regional.

Thompson’s position after 18 holes is the best of her three appearances in the postseason after wrapping up the opening round 29th and 35th as a freshman and junior, respectively. She began play at the 10th hole in Monday’s first round on the par-72, 6,114-yard Members Club at Woodcreek course.

The Browns Summit native opened her round with six-consecutive pars on holes Nos. 10 to 15, before sandwiching a birdie on the par-5, 484-yard 17th hole with bogeys on 16 and 18 to card an opening-nine 37.

As the wind picked up and the greens dried out, Thompson’s second nine proved a much tougher task, as the senior played the first seven holes in eight-over par before a kick-in birdie at the par-3, 138-yard eighth hole. A par at the ninth capped off a second-nine 43.

Barry’s Charlotte Puts (+1) clings to a one-stroke lead over No. 10 Lynn’s Krissy Ortiz (+2) after 18 holes in the 54-hole tournament. A pair of St. Leo Lions, Marie Coors (+3) and Amanda Jakobsson (+3), are tied for third in the 66-player field. No. 1 Barry (+20) sits atop the team leaderboard, with No. 6 St. Leo (+21) and No. 16 West Georgia lurking in second and third.

The top three teams and top three individuals not affiliated with a top-three team will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships May 17 to May 20 at the Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio.

Thompson teed off this morning in the second round before wrapping up play Wednesday.

County wrestlers earn top honors in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM — Team RobCo wrestling finished first as a team in the junior division at the 46th annual state Greco championship in Winston-Salem over the weekend.

Individual winners for the team in the junior division were Harry Locklear at heavyweight, Noah Taylor at 113 pounds, Chris Kelly at 126 pounds, Rommie McNeill at 145 pounds and Finley Allen at 170 pounds. Sincere Johnson placed second at 113 pounds, Jaston Simmons placed second at 138 pounds and Ferris Allen placed second at 170 pounds.

Other top finishers were: Kharyi Perry with a second-place finish in the 65 pound schoolboy division, Cayden Scott placed fourth in the 112 pound cadet division, July Soe placed second in the 100 pound cadet division and James Benjamin placed fourth in the 120 pound cadet division.

UNCP’s Thompson cards 80 in NCAA Tourney; County wrestlers shine in Winston

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