Ashley golfer, South Brunswick coach represent at inaugural TarHeel Cup Championship

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The inaugural 2016 Tarheel Cup Golf Tournament will feature some of the top boys and girls golfers in North Carolina when players tee off May 20-22 at the Cramer Mountain Golf Club in Cramerton, N.C.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Golf Coaches Association (NCGCA) along with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), this three-day event will match the best players from the eastern part of the state versus the best of western North Carolina.

Katy Flax, left, and Darby Bagshaw, center, during a practice round at Pinehurst No. 6. last season. Photo courtesy- Ashley Golf
Katy Flax, left, and Darby Bagshaw, center, during a practice round at Pinehurst No. 6. last season. Photo courtesy- Ashley Golf

Players and coaches were selected by the NCGCA Board of Directors for their achievements in the sport as high school seniors. Representing the Wilmington area will be Katy Flax of Ashley High School. South Brunswick High School Girls Golf Coach Steffany Gamsby will also lead the six-member girls team from eastern North Carolina.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected to coach the east team for this prestigious tournament,” said Gamsby. “During last summer’s Coaching Clinics in Greensboro things really started to take off as far as organizing the event after former the North Carolina High School Golf Coaches Association about a year and a half ago.”

After being selected to head the east girls’ team, which in large part had to do with South Brunswick’s string of success at recent 3A East Regional Tournaments and the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association Tournament at Pinehurst, one of Gamsby’s main responsibilities was to select her team.

Based on the way golf regions are divided in the state, Gamsby was asked to pick six of the most outstanding female golfers from the eastern portion of the state. The player had to be a senior who graduates this June and there must be one representative from each of the NCHSAA’s four classifications.

“As our 4A representative, I immediately thought of Katy Flax from Ashley,” Gamsby said. “I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Katy develop into one of the gifted players in this area over the last three years. She possesses a wonderful temperament on the course.”

Coach Gamsby, right, along with her team after clinching 3A East Regional in 2013.
Coach Gamsby, right, along with her team after clinching 3A East Regional in 2013.

Flax was a four-time all-conference standout and a First-Team All-Mideastern Conference performer for the Screaming Eagles in the fall of 2015. She was runner-up in the conference tournament at Belvedere County Club in Hampstead her senior year and a top 15 finisher at this year’s 4A NCHSAA Championship.

Other notable finishes throughout her high school career include a runner-up standing at the NCHSAA regional tournament where she carded a 77. Flax also placed third (79-74/153) at the Coastal Plains Junior Tournament.

The Ashley standout will continue her golf career at UNC-Pembroke.

In addition to her duties this year at the TarHeel Cup, Gamsby also serves as Region 8 Director within the NCGCA and as Secretary and Treasurer of the organization.

“I would like to credit our Athletic Director at South Brunswick, Chris Roehner, for instilling in not just me, but all our coaching staff, a profound sense of professionalism and desire to excel in our respective fields. He encouraged me to accept this invitation. Needless to say, I’m still quite nervous about coaching at such a prestigious event, but confident that this team will be a formidable opponent to those in the west.”