PINEHURST — For the six Southeastern Conference girls golf teams, it was a race against the sun at National Golf Club.
The golfers won, but just barely with the last groups turning in their scorecards as darkness began to envelop the course.
In the end, Pinecrest once again proved to be the class of the conference on Tuesday capturing the match with a team score of 351. Scotland County was second with a total of 397, followed by Purnell Swett at 423. Richmond Senior took fourth at 441, nine strokes better than Hoke County. Lumberton only had three golfers compete and did not post a team score.
Individually, Pinecrest’s Hailey Crider and Savannah Thompson tied for medalist honors after each fired an 84.
Cassie Smith finished with a team-best 102 for Richmond, followed by Hannah White with a 104. Alexis Farmer carded a 117 on the day, while Olivia Farrah shot a 118. Kim Covington scored a 119 for the Raiders.
Richmond coach Ray Entwistle thought his team did well on a course that measured 5,006 yards from the red tees.
“It’s a hard, long course,” Entwistle said. “I thought Hannah and Cassie played well to finish in the low 100s. I think Cassie as a ninth-grader is playing well and could break into the 90s before the season is over. I think Hannah could too.
“We have two matches left and hopefully they can do it.”
The Raiders will return to the course at 2 p.m. Monday at Scotch Meadows in Laurinburg before closing out the regular season on Oct. 17 at Pinehurst No. 6.
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