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Heritage girls golf wins NAC 6 title

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ZEBULON — Heritage’s girls golf team ended Wakefield’s streak of five consecutive conference championships with one of their own after the Huskies won first place at Zebulon Country Club on Monday.

“It’s great to win the conference title,” Heritage head coach Mackie Hayman said. “It’s rewarding because we put in a lot of work and effort. Golf is so draining mentally and physically. Amanda Olson qualified for regionals as a senior for the first time. Winning as team was the best thing about it.”

The Huskies finished with a team score of 234. Mary-Sears Brown was the low medalist of the match by one stroke with an individual score of 75 after 18 holes. She was tied with Wakefield’s Lotte Fox at 35 after the first nine holes. Brown beat Fox in the second round 40-41.

“Mary-Sears has been vital for us this year,” Hayman said. “Her focus on the course has improved tremendously ever since I’ve coached her in her freshman year. We’re hoping this year she can avoid some stress at regionals. What makes her stand out is that she focuses on her next stroke instead of worrying about her score.”

Heritage’s Heather Appelson was tied with Fox with an individual score of 76. Vivian Shillingsburg was the next best scorer for the Huskies after she shot an 83.

Wake Forest finished second with a team score of 253. Catherine Vivongsy was the low scorer for the Cougars with an 80. Mary Hederick was right behind her at 81. Parker Bowman shot a 92 for the Cougars and Morgan McPhatter came up with a score of 93.

Wakefield finished third overall behind Wake Forest by one stroke at 254. Terra Schmitt shot an 85 and her teammate Kendall Crawford scored a 93. This is the first time the Wolverines have finished below first place in the conference since Heritage beat them in 2013.

“The conference is much better this year than past years,” Hayman said. “We’re all getting better as a whole. We had to go all out this year to win it.”

Fox was named the NAC 6 conference player of the year. She finished her senior year with an average of 37.67, while Brown finished right behind her at 37.83. Appelson came in third overall at 39.16.

Heritage will send their entire golf team to the 4A east regionals match at the Neuse Golf Club in Clayton on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Wake Forest will send Vivongsy, Hederick, McPhatter and Bowman to regionals. Fox, Schmitt and Crawford will represent the Wolverines at regionals.

“We’ve been playing at a caliber we want, so we have to keep it going,” Hayman said. “We accomplished our goal, but we have more to accomplish. We have to push ourselves to the limits. We have to stay positive and stay together as a team.”