The Citizen Times and Times-News have released their 2023 All-WNC Girls Golf team.
Roberson was the only team to qualify for the NCHSAA state championships, and the Rams placed three players on the All-WNC list. But other impressive seasons and strong postseason campaigns helped golfers earn spots on this year’s list, including three from last season’s All-WNC selections.
All-WNC Girls Golfer of the Year
Brynn Bishop, Roberson, Jr.
Bishop followed up an All-WNC First Team selection last year by having the best season in Western North Carolina this year. Bishop was named the Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year, leading the Rams to a conference title. After playing below her standards at the 4A West Regional and finishing tied for 18th, Bishop performed well at state, shooting 74 on the first day and 79 on the second day to tie for a 12th-place finish. Her two-day total of 153 was a 17-stroke improvement on her finish at state last year.
Coach of the Year
Cathy Himan, Roberson
For the second consecutive season, Himan is the All-WNC Coach of the Year. Himan has led the Rams to Mountain Athletic Conference titles and has made state championship appearances in both her seasons at the helm for Roberson. The Rams were the only WNC team to appear in the state finals, placing sixth. Himan, who was also named the MAC Coach of the Year, saw all five of her starting golfers place on the All-Conference team and three make the All-WNC team.
All-WNC Girls Golf First Team
Izabel Keith, Roberson, So.
Keith was a major part of Roberson’s sixth-place finish at the 4A Women’s Golf State Championships. As the Rams’ No. 3 golfer, the sophomore shot 157 to finish tied for 19th. She also played a big role at regionals, finishing eighth with a score of 77 to help pace Roberson’s third-place finish.
Lelia Meadows, North Henderson, So.
Meadows dominated down the back stretch of the season, winning the Mountain 7 Conference tournament and tying for first with 77 at the 3A West regionals. At state, Meadows improved on her 14th-place finish last year by three strokes, shooting 168 to finish in 12th.
McKenna Williams, Tuscola, Jr.
Williams is a three-time All-WNC selection. She finished second in the Mountain 7 Conference championships with a four-day total of 207, pacing the Mountaineers as they won a third consecutive conference title. Behind her third-place finish at regionals, Tuscola finished fourth overall. She earned a 14th-place finish at state by shooting 170 over two days, her second top-15 finish at state.
All-WNC Girls Golf Second Team
Alexandra Kennedy, Asheville Christian Academy, So.
Aliah Locust, Cherokee, Sr.
Violet Northcott, Roberson, So.
Ivy Young, Mitchell, Jr.
This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: All-WNC high school girls golf team for 2023 season