Pinecrest Women’s Golf won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state championship Tuesday at Pinehurst No.5.
Pinecrest’s Jaclyn Kenzel entered the final day of the of the tournament just one shot behind teammate Mara Hirtle for the individual lead. Kenzel was nearly flawless in the final round, sinking an eagle putt on the second hole before a birdie on the sixth to take the lead. She had a minor bump in the road with a double bogey on the par 4, eighth hole, but quickly righted the ship to post pars for the remainder of the round and hold off Panther Creek’s Megan Morris by one shot.
The two teammates, Kenzel and Hirtle, had a dominant day one performance to give Pinecrest an eight-shot lead overnight over New Bern. Hirtle finished in third, just two shots off the pace at even-par, 144, for the tournament. Kitson O’Neal’s 164 rounded out the Patriots scoring and lifted them to the school’s fifth team State Championship.