First Flight's Schuster named to all-state girls golf team


From staff, Carolinas Golf Association reports

Friday, January 5, 2018

SOUTHERN PINES — Sixty girls and boys have been named to the 2017 North Carolina All-State Golf Teams by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) and the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) on Friday.

The N.C. All-State Teams honor those junior golfers who had the most success in amateur and junior golf events at the local, state, regional, and national levels over the past 12 months.

The girls’ first team is led by Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, the 2017 N.C. Junior Girls' Player of the Year. Also named first team all-state are Nicole Adam of Pinehurst, Emily Hawkins of Lexington, Sophie Holland of Cornelius, Madison Isaacson of Greensboro, Hailey Joy of Reidsville, Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, Holly McCann of Raleigh, Amanda Sambach of Davidson, and Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills.

Schuster, a freshman at First Flight High School, won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association girls golf Class 1A/2A individual state championship on Oct. 24 at Longleaf Golf and Country Club.

Schuster also won the 1A/2A East Regional on Oct. 16 at the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course.

The boys' first team is led by 2017 N.C. Junior Boys' Player of the Year Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest. Also named to the first team are AJ Beechler of Pinehurst, Peter Fountain of Raleigh, Chris Kim of Cary, Jack Massei of Cary, Carson Ownbey of Candler, Spencer Oxendine of Fayetteville, Quinn Riley of Raleigh, Fulton Smith of Pinehurst, and Jackson Van Paris of Pinehurst.

Boys and girls must have played in a minimum of five TYGA N.C. ranking events in the past year to be eligible for this honor. The awards were determined by a combination of each player’s scoring differential and the total points earned in the rankings events.

These outstanding juniors will be honored at N.C. Junior Golf Night on Saturday, January 27 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines.