Allyson Markiewicz and Emily Stinson hugged after they finished on the ninth green at Providence Country Club. Their teammates rushed down from behind the green, hugging the two and handing them flowers and cards.Markiewicz and Stinson may not have played their best rounds, but Ardrey Kell’s two seniors helped the Knights win a fourth straight girls’ golf Southwestern 4A Conference championship with a 114-146 senior day win over Providence High on Wednesday.Stinson led the Knights (5-0) with a nine-hole 37, 1 1/2 strokes under her scoring average for the year. Sophomore Megan Cullip carded a 38 for Ardrey Kell, the first time she had scored something other than a 39 all year. Markiewicz had a 39 to round out Ardrey Kell’s top three scores.Providence (4-2) was led by a 47 from Jackie Fogarty. Devon Garenza shot a 49 and Rebecca Alba and Cheryl Wang both had 50s for the Panthers.Markiewicz came into the match with a 35 stroke average after carding a 33 in the team’s last match against Myers Park. Markiewicz started the round strong but struggled late and had to get creative with two shots when the ball rested near a tree on the eighth and ninth holes. “It would have been nice to go out with a better score,” Markiewicz said. “I wish that my round could have ended better and I could have ended the season better but I had a great season. I’m happy with what I did.” Ardrey Kell coach Bart Whitney knew that his players would probably be distracted by the cameras and parents that gathered to see Markiewicz and Stinson’s last home match. “It was a special time and I would say they probably weren’t 100 percent focused,” Whitney said. “But I’m happy for them. ... They wanted to go out with a strong note and conference was something they had their eye on.” The two seniors have been a part of an impressive four-year run for the Knights that includes a 4A state championship 2010, a second place finish at the state tournament in 2009 and a third place finish last year, with Markiewicz finishing second individually. Next year, the two will be conference rivals in college, Markiewicz at Wofford and Stinson at Appalachian State. They hope to make the most of their last few weeks as teammates, at the West Region 4A tournament Oct. 22 and at the state tournament Oct. 29-30. “I don’t feel like a senior,” said Stinson. “I don’t feel like the season’s going to be over in two weeks.”
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Four straight for Ardrey Kell
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