09/14/10 — Simmons didn't need lucky coin

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Simmons didn't need lucky coin

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on September 14, 2010 3:05 PM

Tara Simmons had her lucky quarter in her pocket.

The Charles B. Aycock standout did not need it.

Simmons carded a nine-hole round of 1-under par 35 and easily captured medalist honors during the first Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' golf match of the season.

Simmons' biggest test was patience. The normally speedy player had to endure a three-hour front side at Lane Tree Golf Club on Monday afternoon.

"It was really slow, but I think that is good for me sometimes," said Simmons. "I just tried to focus and be ready when it was my turn to hit."

The 1-under round paced the Golden Falcons' 132 team score, which was good enough for first place. Jessie Stewart carded a 48 and Jordyn Howell added a 49.

"I am glad that we got such a nice day and good conditions to play, which helps everyone," Golden Falcons head coach Roger Rhodes said. "I was proud of all my girls, especially Jessie and Jordyn because they continue to get better each time out."

Two teams that did not field girls golf teams in 2009 finished second and third, respectively, on Monday afternoon. South Johnston collected a 194 team total and recently-opened Cleveland High School carded a 204.

Southern Wayne did not field enough players to record a team score. Jakeria Wheeler was the lone Saint to finish play on Monday after teammate Savannah Morgan fell ill during the round. Wheeler finished with a 72.

Of the 15 players that began the event, 10 had never played competitive golf prior to the season's first match. That is a stark contrast from Simmons, who plays in sanctioned tournaments almost every weekend.

"I play with a lot of different players and I can play well and have fun with anybody," said Simmons. "Today I hit some good shots and was able to stay patient."

The four teams meet again Sept. 20 when Cleveland High School plays host to the second match of the season at an undetermined site.