Lady Jacket finishes second in state championship
Siranon Shoomee, a rising junior at Lee County High School, concluded four days of exceptional play by falling in the final match, to Salisbury's Grace Yatawara 3 and 2, Friday morning in the 18th North Carolina Junior Girls Championship played at Starmount Forest Country Club.
Starting out on Tuesday, Shoomee shot a 2-under 70 in an opening stroke-play round which cut the field to the top 32 for match play. Shoomee was the No. 2 seed in the match-play bracket.
Mary-Frances Hall, of State Road, was the stroke-play medalist with a round of 69.
Shoomee, who is the defending NCHSAA 3A individual state champion, advanced through two matches a day Wednesday and Thursday.
Shoomee defeated Reilly Thomas of Cary 3 and 2 in the round of 32, followed Wednesday afternoon by a 3 and 1 win versus Winston-Salem's Janie Thomas.
In a quarterfinal Thursday morning, Shoomee defeated Annie Colloum of Davidson 2 and 1.
Playing Durham's Alaina Yeatts in a semifinal, Shoomee won the third hole and made an eagle three to win the fourth hole and go 2-up. Shoomee led the rest of the match and won 4 and 3.
In Friday's final, Yatawara, also a rising junior, won holes three and four. Shoomee answered with a birdie to win No. 5 and a par to win No. 6 squaring the match.
After three halved holes, Yatawara won the 10th, 11th and 13th holes. Shoomee birdied and took No. 15. Yatawara won the 15th hole for a 3-up lead and closed the match out on the next hole.