Travelers Rest High School senior Victoria Huskey was in a familiar situation.
My whole summer, I’ve been so close,” she said. “I’ve always had to catch up second day.”
On Tuesday, the second and final day of the Class AAA girls golf state tournament, Huskey caught up. She fired a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 at the Barony Course at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island to rally and win her second straight championship.
Huskey, who has committed to the College of Charleston, finished three shots ahead of St. James freshman Smith Knaffle, one of three players who entered the day with a three-shot lead on Huskey.
“I didn’t know how I stood the whole time, so when I walked off the green on 18, my dad told me I had won,” Huskey said. “I didn’t know how everyone else did, so it was a surprise.”
Huskey was at 1-under after the front nine to pull even with Knaffle, and both players hit their drives into the water on No. 10.
“But I hit my next shot to within 15 feet and I made that shot and made par, and she ended up making bogey,” Huskey said. “My putter starting getting hot then, and I was hitting the ball close to the hole, so it started working out good.”
She played the back in 3-under, including a stretch of three straight birdies.
St. James won the team championship, and Travelers Rest finished as runner-up, which added to the satisfaction for Huskey.
“It means a lot to win as an individual,” she said, “but to have the team do well is a lot more fun.”
In the Class AAAA state tournament at Country Club of Lexington, Mauldin senior Ashley Czarnecki finished as state runner-up and four shots back of medalist Natalie Srinivasan of Dorman, who came in at 140.
Srinivasan had back-to-back rounds of 70 and led the Cavaliers to the state championship. Dorman had a team score of 641. Lexington, which had won 10 of the previous 11 years, was second with 646.
Czarnecki shot 73 Tuesday after a first-round 70 and helped Mauldin to a fifth-place finish. Easley was ninth and Greenville 10th.
Easley senior Stephanie Landreth came in 10th at 158 and made the all-state team.