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Gray Stone women’s golf looks to improve in 2018

The Gray Stone women’s golf team looks to continue its strong play from last season.

In 2017, the Knights competed in 13 regular-season matches, finishing first or second in all of them.

Six of the players qualified for the 1A/2A Central Regional in Elkin, while two went on to play in the state match in Southern Pines.

Head coach Michael Phillips said this year’s team “could grow on that success” after losing only one player from last year. He added “the core of the team returns and with the one new addition, the Knights should live up to its strong golf tradition.”

Returning are seniors Lauren Denhard, Riley Richie, Olivia Porter and Bonnie Showfety and sophomores Phoebe Shields and Aliza Simpson. New to the team is freshman Katelyn Griggs.

“As a coach, how proud I am of this team only grows with each practice,” Phillips said. “With our match schedule … the Knights will be ready for any challenges that may arise. The seven girls that make up this team have come together as a team and really exemplify what it means to be a Knight.”