Hilton Head Christian captured its second consecutive SCISA girls’ golf championship in record fashion, with Anna Lesemann Eddy’s 1-over-par 73 setting the pace Tuesday for a 29-stroke romp over runner-up Ashley Hall.
Eddy’s round earned runner-up honors among individuals at Orangeburg Country Club, while fellow senior Jamie Hubbard added an 81 as the Eagles posted a team score of 359 – good for both a school and SCISA championship record.
“It’s what we prioritized, since these seniors were freshmen,” said HHCA coach Parker Collins. “Anna Lesemann and Jamie built this program as sixth graders and to have them be rewarded with this outcome is all I could ask as their coach.”
Ashley Hall was second with a score of 388, followed by Cardinal Newman at 396. The top three was identical to last year’s edition, though the Eagles nosed out Ashley Hall by just one stroke a year ago.
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Two years ago, HHCA finished runner-up to Ashley Hall.
Heathwood Hall’s Madison Branum nipped Eddy for the individual title with an even-par 72. Both headed up SCISA’s five-player All-State squad -- the sixth such honor for Eddy, who has been competing for the Eagles since sixth grade.
“What Anna Lesemann has accomplished these past seven years is unmatched in our school’s history, in any sport,” Collins said. “Great things are still to come for this young lady.”
Eddy will sign a national letter-of-intent next month to play collegiately at Wofford.
Hubbard just missed All-State status, placing sixth on the individual leaderboard. Eighth grader Rebecca Hubbard broke 100 for the first time, draining a 15-foot putt on the final hole to secure a 99.
“I about jumped in the pond when Rebecca made that last putt to shoot 99,” Collins said. “It was the goal we set at the beginning of the season, and reiterated it before the round. ... To see the fruits of that labor is very satisfying for her and her teammates.”
The Eagles also got a 106 from senior Natalie Wade and a 116 from sophomore Emma Grace Walters.