Rice returns for more

Rice returns for more

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Callista Rice has three years left to continue rewriting North Buncombe’s record book.

The Black Hawks sophomore headlines a promising group of returning girls golfers from the 2013 Citizen-Times All-WNC team.

Rice established school records for a nine-hole score (31) and 18-hole score (66) as a ninth grader. The 18-hole score is tied for the lowest in Western North Carolina history.

Rice is staying busy this summer – she won last week’s Dogwood Junior state championship tournament in Lexington by nine shots.

Callista Rice of Mars Hill won the girls division with consistent rounds of 74-73-73. Rice credited new irons and her putting with the win.

“I bogeyed my first hole but stayed relaxed and birdied my next two,” Rice said. “Today I tried to avoid any trouble.”

Finishing tied for second were Emily Hawkins Lexington and Samantha Vodry of Mooresville, who finished 9 shots behind Rice at 230.

North Buncombe sophomore Callista Rice won last week's Dogwood Junior state championship in Lexington.

North Buncombe sophomore Callista Rice won last week’s Dogwood Junior state championship in Lexington.

Below are the Citizen-Times All-WNC golfers’ bios from 2013 (with their grade levels updated). Last year’s all-conference teams are also included.

Callista Rice

North Buncombe

Sophomore

Rice was the Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year and 3-A Western Regional runner-up before going on to place 10th at the NCHSAA 3-A tournament with a two-day score of 163 (78-85). Rice was the medalist in 13 matches for the Black Hawks and had a stroke average of 35 for nine-hole matches with season-best scores of 30 and 31.

Megan Burgess

North Henderson

Junior

Burgess was the Co-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year and maintained a stroke average of 36.8 for nine holes. Her lowest 18-hole score was 68. Burgess was a medalist in three matches and the Knights’ most valuable player. She came in 15th at the NCHSAA 3-A tournament.

Ashley Cauthen

East Henderson

Junior

Cauthen earned All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference honors and maintained a stroke average of 39.4 for nine holes. He best score for 18 holes was a 68.

Juliet Townsend

Hendersonville

Junior

Townsend was the Western Highlands Conference Player of the Year and maintained a stroke average of 82 for 18-hole matches. Townsend was the runner-up at the 1-A/2-A Western Regional tournament and placed 15th at the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A tourney.

LAST YEAR’S WNC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

Mountain Athletic 3-A/4-A

Katelyn Haney, Rebecca Stewart and Kaitlinn Stewart (Enka); Emily Edwards and Emma Pyatt (McDowell); Callista Rice and Shelby Spivey (North Buncombe); Maya White, Gloria Yi and Alexis Warren (Roberson).

Coach of the Year: Bill Stewart (Enka).

Player of the Year: Callista Rice (North Buncombe).

WNC Athletic 2-A/3-A

Ashley Cauthen (East Henderson); Erin Campbell (Franklin); Elizabeth Belham, Haley Penland and Ashley Holland (Pisgah); Chandler Danielson, Stasia McMullen and Payton Culler (West Henderson).

Coach of the Year: Dave Sciupider (West Henderson).

Co-Players of the Year: Megan Burgess (North Henderson) and Payton Culler (West Henderson).

Western Highlands 1-A/2-A

Juliet Townsend, Kelly Jackson and Courtney Simpkins (Hendersonville).

Player of the Year: Juliet Townsend (Hendersonville).

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