The Cannon girls golf team has only four players, but Kate Collom, Annie Collom, Anna Redding and Taylor Bunten represented their school and their team well this year as all four girls earned all-state honors.
Finishing in the top 10 at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association's state meet, the Cougar quartet made history by leading their team to the first private-school girls golf state title.
Cannon won convincingly at Bryan Park's Champions' course in Greensboro, beating second-place Raleigh Ravenscroft by 22 shots.
Kate Collom earned the individual state championship, firing a 3-over-par 75 to help her team win it all.
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"The mental toughness and consistency of play on the course our girls had this year never wavered, even in the state championship," said Cannon girls golf coach Kent Sonnefeld. "To go in and have three of our four girls shoot in the 70s at the state meet was unbelievable."
In public school play, Concord junior Sarah Bertram won the South Piedmont Conference title for the third year in a row before finishing eighth at the 3A Midwest Regional and second at the 3A state meet, shooting a final-day 75 after a disappointing opening-round 86.
Cox Mill was the best as a team, getting fifth place at regionals behind Kira Aiken, who finished eighth at regionals. Mount Pleasant's Lacy Mirovich followed in the talented footsteps of her sister, Rebecca, with 11th-place finishes at both the regional and state meets.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Kate Collom, Cannon
Kate Collom has been a part of the Cannon girls golf program since it started more than three years ago.
This year, Collom took herself and her team to new heights, shooting the top score at the state meet to lead her team to an NCISAA state title. Collom shot her 75 under pressure, draining an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole in the title match to hold off Ravenscroft's Evie Dole for the individual title.
Collom, 16, is just a sophomore, so she will have two more seasons to add to her résumé.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Kent Sonnefeld, Cannon
For the last 20-plus years, Kent Sonnefeld has been teaching and playing the game as a golf professional all over the Southeast.
Sonnefeld, the director of instruction at the Divide Golf Club in Matthews, has helped lead the Cannon School middle school golf program for the last few years. But this season, when the opportunity came, Sonnefeld stepped in to help lead the Cougars to the state title.
Sonnefeld and his young team not only won the inaugural NCISAA title, but were also a perfect 10-0 along the way.
All-Cabarrus News girls golf team
Kate Collom, Cannon: Sophomore, the medalist at state championship, was also named to all-state team.
Anna Redding, Cannon: Freshman was also key for Cougars championship, also earning all-state honors finishing fifth at states.
Annie Collom, Cannon: Freshman was not far behind her older sister, Kate, taking fourth place at states.
Sarah Bertram, Concord: Three-time SPC golfer of the year finished second at 3A state championships.
Kira Aiken, Cox Mill: Chargers' top talent finished eighth at regionals, 21st at states.
Lacy Mirovich, Mount Pleasant: Junior had a good year for Tigers, finishing tied for 12th at states.
Taylor Bunten, Cannon: Cougar sophomore finished ninth at states to also earn all-state honors.