High school sophomore shoots incredible 57 (!) in conference championship

High school golfer Macy Pate holds up scorecard for her round of 57

Reagan High School sophomore Macy Pate holds up her scorecard after shooting a historic 57 on Tuesday.

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Eleven players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. One player has done the same on the LPGA Tour (Annika Sorenstam). And one PGA Tour member of the 59-club also shot a 58: Jim Furyk. But on Tuesday, one high school sophomore in North Carolina incredibly one-upped Furyk’s feat.

Macy Pate, a Reagan High School sophomore, did the unthinkable in the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference championships, firing a 14-under 57 to win the individual title and break a host of scoring records.

Pate’s lights-out performance happened at Bermuda Run West at Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina. The best part of the story might be how Pate finished off her historic round.

When she had a chance for birdie on the 16th hole, she knew if she drained it and parred her way in she would shoot a 59, two shots better than the conference scoring record of 61. Instead, she made the putt and then birdied the final two holes as well.

“I made that putt and felt relief,” Pate told the Winston-Salem Journal, “but then I birdied my final two holes for the 57 so it was very exciting,” Pate said.

Despite her incredible finish that gave her a 30 on the back nine of the par-71 course, it pales in comparison to her front-nine score. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Pate, the No. 1-ranked girls player in the state, shot a ridiculous 27 going out.

Kevin Cunningham

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