Even being among the best wasn’t quite good enough.
Despite being half of a team tying one other twosome improving its score by the most strokes from the first round to the last, Mooresville’s Kathryn Carson and her partner settled for an official share of third place in the 42nd annual Carolinas Golf Association’s Women’s Four-Ball Golf Championships.
Among the two-player tandems at the Carolina Country Club course in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the stroke-play affair, Carson and cohort Callista Rice of Mars Hill moved their way up the leaderboard for a two-way tie for the third-best total score in the 36-hole major event appearing on the CGA women’s late-summer calendar.
Carson, a product of the Lake Norman High School girls golf program and a rising junior member of the East Carolina University women’s team, teamed with Rice to post rounds of one-under-par 71 and five-under 67, respectively, to finish with 138 strokes overall. The six-under-par effort forged the two-way tie for third.
The team was one of six in the overall field to finish below par for the two rounds total.
As it turned out, the twosome’s four-stroke improvement from the opening day to the last was matched by only one other duo competing in the attraction’s top-tier Championship Flight.
Trialing the first-round leaders by three strokes entering the final round, the Carson-Rice partnership finished four putts off the evening winning pace but only a par-three score behind the duo that fashioned an outright runner-up placement.
Carson was the only area participant in the affair that also featured a Second Flight as well as a separate division for Senior Women play.
The CGA is a not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers.
The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.
The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships.
The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation.
The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.