WCU-bound Thompson awarded golf scholarshipPisgah standout and member of LJGJGA honored with first-ever Constance Junior Girls Golf Scholarship
LAKE JUNALUSKA — On Saturday Nov. 17, the Lake Junaluska Girls Junior Golf Association had its end-of-the-season play day and banquet, celebrating its third year of existance.
LJGJGA has registered more than 160 girls since its genesis to learn the game of golf and develop frienships.
Girls playing on high school golf teams throughout Western North Carolina were invited to attend and were paired up with some of the younger members of the association to play a fun nine hole captains’s choice tournament with a cookout (banquet) followed.
LJ Golf Course Manager and Pisgah girls head golf coach Rick Constance recognized several of the LJGJGA girls accomplisments, including the Enka High School girls golf team for qualifying for the Class 3-A state tournament.
He also recognized North Henderson’s Megan Burgess for finishing 12th in the Class 2-A state tourney, Franklin’s Erin Campbell, who qualified for the 3-A state tourney and the entire Pisgah team (Elizabeth Belham, Haley Penland and Ashley Thompson) which qualified for the 2-A state tournament.
Constance gave special recognition to Thompson for winning 2-A West Regional with a score of 77 and for finishing fifth the state with scores or 79-86.
But the highlight of the banquet was the awarding Thompson the first-ever Laura Constance Junior Girls Golf Scholarship, which was established to help any senior girl that will be playing golf in college or taking a career in the golf business.
Constance named the scholarship in honor of his daughter Laura, who inspired him to help young ladies learn the game of golf. She played golf at Tuscola High School and is currently at Kansas State University in vet school.
Thompson had a brilliant golf career at Pisgah and will golf for Western Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2013.
During her prep career, Thompson tied the NCHSAA all-time 18-hole scoring record with a 66 and owns the state nine-hole record, shooting a five-under par 29.
Thompson also helped Constance establish the junior girls’ program and also played a huge role in getting a girls high school team started at Pisgah High.
“Ashley is a great example of how hard work and determination can help accomplish goals,” said Constance. “This scholarship if for $1,000 with the money donated by LJ golf course member Ray Spires ($500) and Coca Cola Co.($500).
“I also want to acknowledge that the LJGJGA has been able to offer golf and free clinics by the grace of Junaluska Assembly and Executive Director Jack Ewing.”