Augusta Christian’s Sarah Harrison might have been at the 2012 South Carolina Independent School Association Girls’ Golf State Championships by herself, but she definitely was in the thick of things.
Augusta Christian does not have a girls team, but under SCISA rules, individuals are allowed to participate in the state tournament.
So on Oct. 8, Harrison, a sophomore, joined the competition at Orangeburg Country Club in Orangeburg, S.C., fighting cool temperatures and rainy weather.
Despite the conditions and a slow start, Harrison shot 74, good for third place and a spot on the 2012 SCISA All-State Team.
Katelyn Dambaugh, a Pinewood Prep senior who has already committed to South Carolina, shot 71 to take first and lead her school to the team title.
“I beat her on the back nine by three and she beat me on the front by six,” said Harrison. “I got nervous on the front. Everybody was looking and it was my first time doing the All-State girls.”
Lions golf coach Terry Rutherford is looking forward to having her compete in the spring.
“Last year she was the No. 3 player on the boys team, probably will be the same again this year,” he said.
“She improved so much over the summer, she might move up to No. 2, I don’t know.”
One of the things he said he liked most about the tournament was hearing positive comments from other coaches and parents about the 16-year-old Harrison’s demeanor.
“Plus, finishing third is not a bad day at the office,” Rutherford said.