Concord’s Cannon School makes another championship swing
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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Concord’s Cannon School makes another championship swing

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    - COURTESY OF BETH COLLOM
    Second-year Cannon High School girls’ golf head coach Pat Whisenant says he has enjoyed his time with the Cougars as much as just about anything he has done on the course.
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    - COURTESY OF BETH COLLOM
    Cannon School girls’ golfer Kate Collom finished as state runner-up and CISAA conference runner-up while leading her team with a 36.8 scoring average as they won their third straight NCISAA state title.
  • All-Cabarrus News girls’ golf team Kate Collom, Cannon, Senior – State runner-up, CISAA runner-up, had team-best 36.8 average. Annie Collom, Cannon, Junior – Beat her older sister by one stroke to win an individual state champion with a 75. Anna Redding, Cannon, Junior – CISAA conference champion (38), fourth at states (76), also made verbal commitment to Virginia. Taylor Bunten, Cannon, Senior – Another talented Cougars golfer, with a 43.2 scoring average this season. Jaime Cassell, Cox Mill, Sophomore – SPC champion and most valuable player, Cassell shot a school record 35, also finished tied for ninth at regionals, shot 178 (94-84) at states. Stella Schayan-Araghi, Cox Mill, Senior – All-SPC pick finished strong, tying for 19th at regionals, also qualifying for states. Alyssa Henry, Cox Mill, Junior – All-SPC pick was second on the team in regular season scoring, but had a tough day at regionals. Emily Davis, Jay M. Robinson, Junior – Another strong finisher with a 93 at regionals to finished 18, the state qualifier, an all-MECKA 4A pick, averaged 47 per round. Meredith Julian, Jay M. Robinson, Senior – All MECKA 4A conference pick shot a 99 at regionals, and averaged 45.16 per round this season, fifth-best in conference play.

The goal of Cannon School’s girls’ golf team was to have a perfect season.

Head coach Pat Whisenant and his players did just that in dominant fashion, going undefeated (8-0) in the process of winning the school’s third straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship. They beat second-place Durham Academy by 25 strokes.

The Cougars also won the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association title for the second straight year. And they beat Salisbury, the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 1A-2A state champion, by 11 strokes (119 to 130) in their closest match of the year.

Furthermore, Cannon set a school record, shooting a 108 team score – Anna Redding a 35, Annie Collom a 36 and Kate Collom a 37 – in a win over Wesleyan Christian at Oak Hollow Golf Club in High Point.

Cox Mill won the South Piedmont 3A conference regular-season and tournament titles.

The Chargers, who went unbeaten in the regular season, also finished sixth as a team at the 3A Central Regional championships.

Jay M. Robinson was the top Cabarrus team in the MECKA 4A conference, finishing as runner-up behind Hough.

• Cabarrus News girls’ golf coach of the year: Pat Whisenant, Cannon

Whisenant has been a golf professional for nearly four decades.

But the second-year Cannon School golf coach says he has enjoyed his time with the Cougars as much as just about anything he has done on the course.

He is quick to give all the credit to his players, but Whisenant, too, played a key role in leading Cannon to its third straight state championship.

Cannon will lose senior Kate Collom and Taylor Bunten; Annie Collom, Anna Redding and Taylor Marks will return next year, and Whisenant said they are already thinking about a four-peat in 2014.

• Cabarrus News girls’ golfer of the year: Kate Collom, Cannon

Collom has accomplished a lot in her Cannon School golf career.

She not only helped start the program, but she also once played for the Cougars boys’ golf team.

The three-time all-state selection finished her high school career with another standout season. She finished as state runner-up and CISAA conference runner-up while leading her team with a 36.8 scoring average as they won their third straight NCISAA state title.

Collom is also ranked No. 13 in the state, according to the Tarheel Youth Golf Association rankings.

Now Collom will take her game to the next level at Samford beginning this summer.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at jedwardsjr23@gmail.com .

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