COLUMBUS — Saturday was a better day on the links for the only Knox County high school golfer in the state tournament.
Faithe Carr from Centerburg shot a 96 in Saturday’s second round of the Division II Girls Golf State Championship tournament on The Ohio State University’s Gray Course. The round gave her a two-day total of 195, tying her for 51st place.
Like Friday’s round, Carr began on the back nine Saturday. The junior improved significantly from Friday‘s 56, scoring 48. Carr did this by solving the slice in her drives and landing most tee shots on the fairway. She improved on three holes — the 12th, 14th and 16th — by two strokes each. Carr then managed her lone par on No. 18, a long par-4.
“Everything was going on the fairway,” said Carr. “But I couldn’t capitalize on my opportunities. Putting was my biggest problem, and getting my chips to fall where I could one-putt. ... That rough was unlike any rough I’d ever hit out of.”
“The pin placements were where, if you went past the hole, you went straight downhill. You could barely tap the ball and there was no chance of it stopping.”
The warmer weather meant the ball traveled farther. That helps against a course as long as OSU’s Grey Course.
“That course is really long,” said Carr. “Even with a good drive, you still need a wood to get to the green.”
Sandusky Perkins’ Mandy Mullins, who led after Friday’s first round, retained the lead to win the individual state title with a 7-over 77 second round and a 36-hole total of 149. She won by two strokes over Dayton Miami Valley’s Sarah Kolodzik. Mullins score helped lead her team to a state championship as well with a score of 687, eight strokes better than Dayton Chaminade Julienne.
For Carr, the end of golf season means the beginning of basketball season — a sport that has seen much recent attention and success at Centerburg.
“I think we’ll still be a strong team. We’ll try to repeat as MBC (Mid-Buckeye Conference) champion,” said Carr.
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