SWANTON -- Girls’ varsity golf teams from around the state gathered at Champlain Country Club last week to compete in the 2020 Vermont Principals’ Association State Championship.

Essex High took third place as a team, being just 10 strokes off of second-place Champlain Valley Union and 13 behind the winning Burr & Burton Academy squad.

“I think all four of my girls played really well,” said Essex head coach David Lamberti. “It was a tough day; we haven’t been in competitive conditions much this year. Most importantly, they had fun; that’s really to me what Vermont high school golf is all about.”

Essex High senior Macey McGovern and junior Ashley Stempek, the team’s two scoring golfers, had nearly-identical rounds to finish sixth and seventh overall, respectively. McGovern shot a 51 (+16) on the front while Stempak tallied a 52 (+17); both Hornets notched a 50 (+14) on the back and registered a pair of pars throughout the day.

Senior Hornet Megan Ginnett carded a 122 to place 18th while classmate Madison Drew was right behind with a 124 for 19th.

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