The Region 8-AAAAA girls golf championship has changed hands.
Ashley Ridge finished with a team score of 362 to win the region title at Shadowmoss Golf and Country Club on Oct. 11, marking the first time in the last seven seasons Fort Dorchester didn’t walk away with the trophy.
“I couldn't be prouder of this group of girls, not only because of how they played on Monday, but also because of their overall performance this season,” Ashley Ridge coach Carter Wells said. “The whole team has battled a lot this season, on and off the golf course, so this win feels much deserved. The team came out at Shadowmoss and played with heart and did everything I wanted them to do.”
The Swamp Foxes finished the match seven strokes ahead of runner-up Summerville, which has pushed Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester hard during region matches the past two seasons. West Ashley came in at 411 to place third. Stall didn’t field a girls’ golf team this fall and Fort Dorchester only has three players on its team which makes it one player short of being eligible to place.
Ashley Ridge freshman Avery Smith shot a one-under-par 34 on the front 9 and finished with a score of 73 to top her all-time best score in a high school match and claim both low medalist honors for the championship match and the title of region girls golf player of the year. Fort Dorchester’s Olivia Reed came in at 80 to claim runner-up honors.
Summerville’s Taylor Perry and Annabel Carman both came in at 84 to tie for third place. Ashley Ridge’s Sofia Villarose shot 85 to place fifth. Ashley Ridge’s Abby Johnson and Summerville’s Kiersten Cruz both came in at 97 to tie for sixth place and West Ashley’s Katelyn Gagne finished at 99 to place eighth. They all received all-region honors.
Wells was named the region girls golf coach of the year.
Other golfers competing were Ashley Ridge’s Olivia Barkasy (107) and Lily Fredlake (109), Fort Dorchester’s Brinley Taylor (106) and Abigal Westbury (116), Summerville’s Olivia Smith (105) and Janelyn Kozey (111), West Ashley’s Addi Clark (100), Abby Davis (103) and Logan Taylor (109).
Up next for Ashley Ridge, Summerville and West Ashley is the Class AAAAA Lower State qualifier Oct. 18 in Conway. The top teams and individuals from the Lower State match advance to compete in the state championship on Oct. 25-26.