Led by the stellar play of junior Caleigh Noonan, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team finished fifth in the Class 3A state tournament Monday and Tuesday in Conway.
Played on the 5,250-yard Hackler Course on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, the tournament featured the best teams in class 1A, 2A and 3A.
Noonan, a co-captain, fired a 78 in the first round and a 77 in the second round, both personal bests, for a 155 total. She finished tied for ninth and made the all-state team.
“I couldn’t be happier and more proud of Caleigh,” said SJCS coach Mark Matlock. “She has worked so hard on her game, and it all paid off in the biggest tournament of the season.”
Junior Emma Curran shot 87-80-167 for the Knights, who posted a score of 671. Junior co-captain Kaitlyn Dumit had 89-85-174, while junior Reagan Lillibridge had 91-84-175. Lillibridge’s round featured a birdie on the difficult par-4 18th hole. Freshman Marett Cole posted a two-day total of 210.
“The entire team responded on the second day,” said Matlock. “We improved our score by 19 shots from the first day and solidified our fifth-place finish. Considering the level of competition, it was an outstanding achievement for us to finish where we did.”
The future is bright indeed for the girls golf team, which has no seniors on its roster.