Matheson’s score of 72 was the best in the state, and the team was just two strokes behind Lexington, which was the host.
“Obviously, we wanted to win the state championship like anyone would, and I still feel like we have as good a team as anyone in the state,” Wren girls golf Coach Bobby Tripp said. “I have no reservations on how we played, because our 18-hole average was 310, 311 all year, which is pretty good, and we shot 313 that day.”
State champion Lexington shot 311, just two strokes better than Wren. Easley was a distant third with a score of 328. Wren placed third in the state last year.
The tournament was designed to be a 36-hole tournament, but was trimmed down to 18 because of a storm on the first day.
“Had it been 36 holes, Lexington may have still won,” Tripp said. “But as far as consistency goes, obviously it would have favored us.”
Wren’s highest score all season was a 327, which they shot during a tournament in Easley. The best they shot all season was 295 at Brookstone.
Tripp commended the girls for their hard work ethic year-round.
“They just work hard,” Tripp said. “It’s not like the season is over and they take a layoff. These girls will work four or five days a week now.”
And the girls will have another solid shot at the state championship next year, since only one of their girls is a senior.
“Out of the five that played in the state, two of them are juniors, one’s a senior, one’s in ninth grade, and one’s in eight,” Tripp said.
Wren’s Maegan Higgins placed fourth in the state with a score of 75. Ninth grader Kayla Smith shot an 80.
Last year, the Hurricanes placed third with a score of 666, trailing Lexington’s 642 score and Dorman’s 646 score. Wren had actually beaten Dorman three times during the regular season.
Kaitlin Matheson was the best on her team last year as well, with a 160 score, while Maegan Higgins followed with 162.