Yellow Jacket wins state title
Lee County sophomore Siranon "Muk" Shoomee knew her par on the final hole of the NCHSAA 3A State Championship was important, she had to wait a little longer Tuesday afternoon to learn how critical her par four, from getting up and down from a green-side sand trap on No. 18, was.
Shoomee won the 3A state championship by a stroke, with rounds of 76 on Monday and two-over-par 73 on Tuesday at Foxfire Golf Club's West Course, over runner-up Ashley Sloup (75-75) of South Brunswick.
"I putted really well. My short game saved me, even if my drives were a little out of place, I was figuring out a way to make par putts," Shoomee said about both rounds in the state tournament.
She made four sand saves, making a par, typically with a shot out of a bunker then one putt, in the first round.
There were still four groups to come in when Shoomee was playing No. 18 in the second round, so she didn't know for sure if one more sand save would save the state title.
"On fifteen, coach said the leaders were probably plus-four (over par) on the day and I was plus-three, so I wanted to get a birdie somewhere," said Shoomee, who had trailed Sloup by one stroke through the first round.
Shoomee birdied No. 15 and made three straight pars to finish. On No. 18, her second shot found a sand trap. She hit from the trap to 12 feet from the hole and made the par putt.
"Her mental toughness is pretty incredible," said Lee County head coach Dr. Stephen Snyder.
In the first round, Shoomee relied on her short game and putting to hang in there, as she hit six fairways and eight greens in regulation, Snyder said.
She played better in the final round, but still had to battle adversity at a bad time after making double bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12.
"I had to keep my head up, forget about it and just keep going. I knew I couldn't give up in the middle of a round," she said.
Playing in a number of highly-competitive tournaments, including U.S. Women's Open qualifying last May and being a veteran of the Peggy Kirk Bell Ladies Tour, helped Shoomee know one rough stretch doesn't end a tournament.
While Shoomee ended her Yellow Jacket season with the state trophy, golf season never ends. She has a Peggy Kirk Bell Tour event this coming weekend and is looking ahead to two tournaments in December and two in January.
"It's helped me prepare for it, prepare you for the way you have to think," she said. "Sometimes I'd make a double (bogey) like that, then you're thinking about your score and not thinking about the next shot you need to hit."
The main fundamental change, she said, was fixing a hook off the tee on Nos. 11-13. She found her swing on the fly and finished strong. Shoomee hit 10 fairways and 13 greens in regulation in the final round.
Abby Parsons of Union Pines finished third, with rounds of 78 and 73, two shots behind Shoomee. The Lady Vikings finished sixth as a team. Northwood finished seventh. Ledford won the team championship for the third straight ear.
NCHSAA 3A State Championship
at Foxfire Golf Club, West Course (par 71)
1. Ledford - 498
2t. Northern Guilford - 527
2t. West Henderson - 527
6. Union Pines - 555
7. Northwood - 566
1. Siranon Shoomee, Lee County - 76-73=149 (+7)
2. Ashley Sloup, South Brunswick - 75-75=150
3. Abby Parsons, Union Pines - 78-73=151
Logan McClamroch - 90-92=182
Kyndal Hutchinson - 91-97=188
Lauren Merrill - 97-99=196
More Union Pines results
Lindsay Dakin - 95-92=187
Kayla Jackson - 98-119=217
More Lee County results
Megan Von Canon - 95-107=202
Southern Lee results
Emma Langston - 103-99=202
Brooke Blackmon - 107-104=211
NCHSAA 4A State Championship
at Pinehurst No. 6 (par 72)
1. Ardrey Kell - 477
2. Green Hope - 489
3. Pinecrest - 494
1. Emilia Migliaccio, Athens Drive - 73-76=149
2t. Moon Cheong, Ardrey Kell - 75-76=151
2t. Meghan Symonds, Green Hope - 77-74=151
Savannah Thompson - 84-72=156
Gabby Weiss - 83-83=166
Elizabeth Nguyen - 87-86=173
Chrissy Boals - 86-90=176