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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).