The Greenville High School girls' golf team holds their state championship trophy. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
It looked like an uphill journey last year for the Greenville High School girls' golf team when they didn't win a match.
This year, they started off the same way, coming up short in the season's first tournament. Yet the girls believed they were destined for bigger things - including a state championship.
"The girls always thought that, especially the junior and seniors who played four and five," coach Jack Turpin said. "They probably thought that more than the better players did."
Greenville won South Carolina's 3A title by 10 shots over Pickens High School at Coastal Carolina's home course in Myrtle Beach.
Before the season even teed off, the Lady Red Raiders knew they had a proven leader. Louise Oxner won the individual state title when she was just an eighth grader in 2008. And now as a senior, she's a proud member of a championship team.
"This year, we got two new freshmen that came in and we kept the players that we had last year," Oxner said. "So, we had a couple of good players last year and we just built off that and we just built a strong team."
Freshmen Victoria Huskey and Carly Burkhardt made a lasting impression during their first year in high school, joining Oxner on the all-state team. Burkhardt led the team in scoring during the state championship,
Shooting 77 on both days but said she and Huskey wouldn't be the fabulous freshman without the solid senior Oxner.
"Louise was just a role model to the team helping us all just get to practice and get better," said Burkhardt. "And we just went from there and were really confident."
Upstate teams made a very strong showing in this year's 3A Girl's Golf Tournament. Pickens High School finished second, Daniel High School finished third and Wren High School placed fourth.
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