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Wood Finishes Fourth At State PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 06:59

What a difference a year can make.
Last season, Watauga High sophomore Savanna Wood qualified for the state tournament, and like any freshman, she struggled against the field. But fast forward to this season, and Wood has developed into quite a player.
Wood,. who won the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference


individual championship (the first in school history), followed that up with a school-best fifth place finish at regionals and a fourth place finish at the Class 4A Girls State Tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Pinehurst Country Club Number Six. It's the best showing by a female golfer in school history.
"Playing basketball at the AAU level has really helped me in golf," Wood said. "The pressure of the game has really made me concentrate more on my shots and my approach. To make the perfect pass, or the perfect shot, I don't really panic. I have learned how to relax, to take my time, and it's made me more effective in those types of situations."
Wood, who had a 78 on the opening round, followed that up with a 76 in the final round Tuesday. She finished at 12 over with a two-day total of 154. She only finished five shots behind Victoria Allred of Pfafftown-Reagan, who won the state championship. Allred had a 74 on the final round and finished with a two-day total of 149. She was eight over and bested the field by three shots.
"I've really been working on my swing," Wood said. "I've been playing the game for a long time, but you've got to do a lot of tweaking on things. It takes a lot of patience to play this game, and to play it well. You can't force things. It can be mentally challenging, but it's also a lot of fun. I really enjoy it."
Athens Drive won the team title with a score of 481. Reagan finished ten shots back at 491; Ardrey Kell, which owned a one-shot lead after the opening round, finished third. Alexander Central was sixth.
In Class 3A at the Foxfire Resort, Ashlin Setzer of Fred T. Foard tied for 19th with a 184. She had a 98 in the final round. Bree Keller of Hickory was 26th with a 190.


Pinehurst number six

Raleigh Athens Drive        241            240            481
Pfafftown Reagan            245            246            491
Charlotte Ardrey Kell       240            253            493
Pinecrest                   257            258            515
New Bern                    246            272            518
Alexander Central           266            254            520
Apex Middle Creek           276            252            528
Jamestown Ragsdale          285            259            544
Charlotte Mallard Creek     275            270            545
Charlotte Providence        270            278            548
Northwest Guilford          267            287            554
Cary Green Hope             287            280            567
Wilmington Hoggard          279            292            571
Apex                        310            299            609




Victoria Allred, Reagan, 10           75            74            149
Allyson Markiewicz, Ardrey Kell, 11   75            77            152
Sarah Bae, Athens Drive, 11           74            79            153
Savanna Wood, Watauga, 10            78            76            154
Savannah Thompson, Pinecrest, 10      76            79            155
Emiley Pagrabs, Hoggard, 12           75            81            156
Logan Garman, Butler, 12              78            78            156
Stephanie Pribonic, Wakefield, 12     74            83            157
Hannah Craver, Reagan, 11             80            78            158
Catherine Ashworth, Fuquay-Varina, 9  76            83            159






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