By Michael Smith
Carolina Forest’s golf season has come to an end with a 14th place finish in the Class AAAA state tournament.
The Lady Panthers posted a team score of 739, which was 10 shots off the pace of Bluffton (729), 12 from 12th place Blythewood (727) and 16 behind Greenville and Spartanburg, both of whom tied for 10th at 723.
Carolina Forest coach Vil Caroso said the team struggled coping with inclement weather during the state tournament.
He said the temperature was 10 degrees cooler in Lexington than along the coast, and the event itself was barely completed due to heavy downpours.
Dorman won the team event by five shots, posting a two-round total of 641 in the 36-hole tournament held Oct. 26-27 at the Country Club of Lexington.
Lexington placed second at 664.
Natalie Srinivasan of Dorman won the individual event, posting a 4-under-par total of 140 after carding two 70s. Ashley Czarnecki of Mauldin finished second at 71-73—144.
Carolina Forest senior Jamie Karl led the Lady Panthers in her final high school competition, posting rounds of 85-89—174.
Teammate and junior Sydney Abruzzino also finished with 174. She opened with a 9-over-par 81, but struggled in Tuesday’s final round with a 93.
Sami Spencer followed with 99-95—194 and Jackie Brown shot 101-96—197.
Sara Padula rounded out Carolina Forest players with a 36-hole total of 221. Carolina Forest qualified for the state tournament after placing seventh at the Lower State tournament Oct. 19 at Wescott Plantation in Summerville.
CFHS girls’ tennis concludes season
Carolina Forest lost to the Bluffton Bobcats 6-0 after traveling south for the first round of the Lower State Class AAAA playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
There were many competitive matches with Eva Vandoros at No. 2 singles and Jaden Nye at No. 4 singles coming very close to securing wins.
Both of those matches required a third set to decide.
“I am extremely proud of how the girls played today. It is very difficult after a four-hour drive to then jump out and be expected to perform on the tennis court at a high level,” fourth year coach Mark Gouhin said. “We were the fourth seed with [Bluffton] being the first seed and their coach commended us on being the absolute toughest first round playoff match that they’ve ever had.”
This ends the 2015-2016 season for the Panthers. Graduating seniors are: Eva Vandoros, Joslyn McCray and Casey Mallon.
“Our varsity juniors Drew Limpasuvan, Jaden Nye and Sophia Gouhin altogether have 14 years participation on the team and we’re looking to build on their leadership and experience moving on to next season,” Gouhin added.
Here are the match scores:
1. Natalie Bassett def. Drew Limpasuvan (CF) 6-1, 6-0.
2. Rachel Riley def. Eva Vandoros (CF) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).
3. Cooper Baxter def. Joslyn McCray (CF) 6-1, 6-3.
4. Chloe Thomas def. Jaden Nye (CF) 4-6, 6-0, 10-7.
5. Angie Castrillon def. Sophia Gouhin (CF) 6-0, 6-0
2. Moriel Williams and Lauren Bierschenk (BH) def. Casey Mallon and Brittany Morgan (CF) 6-3, 6-1.