Lake Norman & Mooresville

Lake Norman-area golfers on tourney-winning team

Hayley Hammond of Mooresville, front, fifth from left, and Huntersville's Linda Daniel, back, fourth from left, were members of the Carolinas team that won the 59th-annual Carolinas-Virginias Women's Team Matches competition.
Hayley Hammond of Mooresville, front, fifth from left, and Huntersville's Linda Daniel, back, fourth from left, were members of the Carolinas team that won the 59th-annual Carolinas-Virginias Women's Team Matches competition. CAROLINAS GOLF ASSOCIATION

Two Lake Norman-area women’s golfers were part of the Carolinas team that won the 59th-annual Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches tournament earlier this month.

Hayley Hammond, 23, of Mooresville and Linda Daniel, 56, of Huntersville were on the 24-player Carolinas team – composed of some of the top amateur players from North and South Carolina – that won the Virginias-Carolinas title for the sixth straight year.

The Carolinas team led from the opening day of the three-day tournament July 13-15 at Bay Creek Resort’s Nicklaus Course in Cape Charles, Va., ending up with a 78-66 victory against the Virginia-West Virginia team.

The Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches tournament comprises three formats: four-ball, modified alternate shot and singles match play. Three points can be earned in each match, for winning the front nine holes, the back nine holes and the overall match.

Hammond, a 2009 Lake Norman High grad who went on to play at Radford, earned 6 1/2 points for the Carolinas team during the tournament, while Daniel, a six-time winner in Carolinas Golf Association events, earned 3 1/2 points.

Patriots win 7-on-7 tourney

Davidson Day’s football team went undefeated en route to winning the National Youth Football Organization’s 7-on-7 North Carolina State Championship tournament July 18 at Wake Forest.

The Patriots, who lost to SouthLake Christian in last year’s NCISAA 3A state title game, won their first 7-on-7 tournament of the summer, topping a 36-team field.

Davidson Day improved its record to 25-5 in head-to-head competition in three 7-on-7 tournaments. The Patriots have one more tournament scheduled, for July 31 in High Point.

Johnston joins Wildcats’ wrestling staff

Former West Virginia wrestler Colin Johnston has been hired as an assistant coach by Davidson’s wrestling team, joining head coach Bob Patnesky’s staff for the 2015-2016 season.

Johnston, a native of Eighty Four, Pa., compiled a 58-23 record at 133 and 141 pounds over three seasons at West Virginia, with an NCAA tournament appearance his senior year, in 2014.

That also was his best year with the Mountaineers, as he returned after sitting out the previous two seasons because of shoulder problems to go 28-10 with nine pins, including a 16-2 mark in dual-team matches.

Osment gets 2nd national award

Davidson distance runner Erin Osment, who recently wrapped up her career by earning All-American honors in outdoor track, has been named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s All-Academic team.

Osment, a native of Atlanta, graduated from Davidson in May with a bachelor’s degree in history. She finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.357.

Osment earned second-team All-American honors by finishing 14th in the women’s 10,000-meter run at the NCAA championships. She became just the third Wildcats track athlete to qualify for the NCAA nationals, and the second to be named All-American.

To earn the USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have participated in any round of the NCAA championships. In all, 838 student-athletes from 207 colleges were named to the All-Academic team.

Wildcats get SDSU transfer

Chloe Johnson has transferred to Davidson from San Diego State, and will play for the Wildcats’ women’s basketball team beginning with the 2016-2017 season.

Johnson, a 5-foot-7 guard, spent two seasons with the Aztecs. Because of the transfer, she will have to sit out the 2015-2016 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Johnson played in 60 games at San Diego State over the past two seasons, with 37 starts. The Phoenix native averaged 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists over her SDSU career and was the Mountain West’s preseason freshman of the year.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

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