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WHARTON STAR SHOOTS CAREER BEST FOR CROWN

Shena Yang's father/coach works long hours during the day and is unable to attend her matches. But the two have a system to compensate for his absence.

"She explains every single shot to me (after her round)," John Yang said.

Understandably, the younger Yang couldn't wait to get home Monday.

Sparked by a stretch in which she made birdie on five of nine holes, Yang shot a career-best 5-under 67 at Heritage Isles to win the Class 2A, Region 4 individual title and lead the Wildcats to the team championship.

"I worked really hard for this, and it paid off," said a smiling Yang. "I didn't expect (this). I was hoping for 1 or 2 under."

Wharton finished at 337. Plant, which was second at 357, also qualified for state.

As the runnerup to Yang thanks to solid round of 73, Durant junior Amy West was the final state qualifier.

East Lake, led by Whitney Wenglasz (79), placed eighth after shooting 392. Countryside (476) was ninth.

Dunedin's Justine Knox shot 81.

Yang didn't make a bogey. In fact, she only came close to making one once. On the par-4 14th, Yang's tee shot went into the water, but she recovered by sticking a wedge 10 feet from the hole and made the putt for par.

"She was on today," said West, who was in Yang's group.

So were Yang's teammates.

Christina Vail (85), Brittany Bradshaw (92) and Katherine Demick (93) also contributed to Wharton's victory. Vail's score was a career low. Plant was led by Bryce Alley's 78 and MacKenzie Puryear's 81.

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